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Report Sent to Iowa State Board of Ed Recommending NGSS Adoption

On Friday, July 17, an Iowa Science Standards Review Team submitted its formal report to the State Board of Education recommending adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). According to the state report: We recommend the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations be adopted as Iowa’s science standards, grade specific for grades K-8 and… Read more »

Reports Explores State Approaches in Selecting New Science Standards

A new report by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) looks at the path six states took in selecting new science standards. The report “Common Themes, Individual Approaches: Six States’ Experiences with New Science Standards,” profiles the work of Arkansas, Delaware, DC, Kentucky, New Jersey, West Virginia. Click here to download the… Read more »

Arkansas Adopts NGSS for Grades K-8

On June 11, the Arkansas State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards for Grade K-4 and 5-8. The standards are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with additional Arkansas-specific clarification statements and assessment boundaries, grade-specific learning progressions, and overviews of the content for each grade to assist… Read more »

Wyoming Standards Review Process Well Underway

Wyoming is going through the process of seeking input on science standards to share with a review committee. Input is being collected via an online survey and meetings are being held across the state. Here’s a round-up of news articles focusing on the process. Science standard review process gets underway (Powell Tribune, May 28, 2015) Editorial… Read more »

Report finds California school districts lag in implementing science standards

LIV AMES FOR EDSOURCE TODAY Students discuss a science project at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland   A review of some of California’s largest school districts shows little focus on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). According to Ed Source, “fewer than half even mention the new science standards adopted by the state nearly two… Read more »

Maine Senate Upholds LePage Veto of Science Standards Bill

According to the Associated Press, on Friday, May 29, the Republican-controlled Maine Senate upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would have required the state Department of Education to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 students in Maine. The 19-15 vote was short of the two-thirds needed to override the veto. LePage said that adopting the standards… Read more »

South Dakota Adopts Near-Copy of Next Generation Science Standards

  Education Week’s Liana Heitin compares the recently adopted South Dakota science standards and notes a strong connection to the Next Generation Science Standards, with some edits related to climate change and the Earth’s age. Click here to read the Education Week article (May 26, 2015) registration required

It’s time to move Georgia’s science standards forward

Dr. Jeremy Peacock, a regional science content specialist in Georgia, president of the Georgia Science Teachers Association, and an NGSS@NSTA Curator wrote an opinion piece for the Atlanta Journal Constitution addressing the need to upgrade the state’s science standards. He highlights the research that is the basis of a revised draft of the standards now… Read more »

NSTA Releases New NGSS Resources

NSTA has released a number of innovative new resources to help science educators and leaders nationwide put the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education into action. They include Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner, the first-ever interactive e-book on the NGSS, complete with its own unit… Read more »

Districts Out Ahead of States in Adopting Science Standards

Education Week reporter, Liana Heitin, recently reported on how many districts around the country are “jumping the gun on their states” and bringing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into classrooms soon as possible. In many cases, she reports, science teachers have led the charge. “I think what you’re seeing really is grassroots support among science teachers everywhere… Read more »