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Why My State Adopted the Next Generation Science Standards

In the March edition of Commentaries, a publication of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State, explores the reasons why his state adopted the NGSS. “The Washington State Board of Education adopted the NGSS, with full support from Gov. Jay Inslee and me, in… Read more »

Nevada Becomes Ninth State (+DC) to Adopt the NGSS

Congratulations to Nevada! On Feb. 26 the state board of education voted unanimously to adopt the NGSS making it the ninth state, along with the District of Columbia. Read an Education Week blog post by Lianan Heitin here.

Next Gen Science Enters New Dimension

The March edition of District Administration magazine explores the three-dimensional approach of the Next Generation Science Standards and how it will give teachers a “clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp key science concepts.” According to the article, “this more intensive level of assessment will be a critical tool for schools… Read more »

Dr. James McDonald Chosen as Curator

The February edition of Focus Magazine, published by Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services, recently spotlighted Dr. James McDonald, professor of science education, who was chosen by NSTA to serve as a curator for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read the article here.  

Brookline Teacher Named NGSS@NSTA Curator

A recent article in the Brookline, MA, newspaper, Wicked Local, features the work of Janet MacNeil as an NGSS@NSTA Curator. Janet is a K-8 science coordinator for the Brookline Public Schools and will identify resources related to ecosystems. Read the article here.

NSF Awards $2.9 Million to Develop Next Generation Classroom Assessments

According to a press release, the National Science Foundation has awarded $2.9 million to the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, and the Concord Consortium to develop a new system of classroom assessments… Read more »

Meet NGSS@NSTA Curator Nicole Vick

In a Feb. 3 article in the Galesburg Register Mail in Illinois, reporter Allison Goodrich conducts and Q&A with Nicole Vick to discuss her work as an NGSS@NSTA curator. Nicole is one of 55 curators chosen out of over 650 applicants nationwide to identify and vet outstanding resources, lessons, videos, and other materials to help… Read more »

Illinois Board of Ed Votes to Adopt NGSS

On Thur, Jan 23, the Illinois state board of education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. A review by a legislative committee is needed to formalize the vote, but all indications are that the state will become the 10th to adopt behind Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, California, Delaware, Washington, and… Read more »

District of Columbia Adopts the NGSS

In an 8-0 vote on Dec. 18, the Washington DC Board of Education voted to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, bringing the total count of adopting states to 9. Adopting states include Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Vermont, California, Delaware, Washington, and the District of Columbia. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director, gave testimony to the DC Board in November urging them to adopt… Read more »