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Overhauling Math and Science Education

Quanta magazine, online publication seeking to enhance public understanding of science explores the efforts to overhaul math and science education with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). “While the ultimate impact of both the Common Core and NGSS is still uncertain, it’s clear these standards go beyond simply swapping one set of textbooks… Read more »

Rhode Island science scores continue to slide

The Providence Journal reports that no school district and no groups of students made significant improvements in science in 2016, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education. In fact, this year’s results continue a four-year decline in science proficiency. State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner said there is a reason for the poor showing. In… Read more »

New science standards approved by the Wyoming Board of Education

The Wyoming State Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to approve the 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards, the first new science standards in 13 years, according to a release from the board. The standards will now be sent to Gov. Matt Mead. If the standards are approved, school districts will develop local curricula… Read more »

Encouraging the Scientists of Tomorrow

In an opinion piece in the Santa Barbara publication, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone explores the states new science education standards.  Having a strong scientific background enables students to make informed decisions about issues that affect their lives, and helps prepare them for a future that, in many ways, is unpredictable. Recognizing the… Read more »

Montana adopts new science standards

The Montana Board of Public Education adopted new science standards for public school students Friday at a meeting in Bozeman. The standards have benchmarks for what students are supposed to learn at certain grade levels. They don’t dictate how teachers get students there, as local districts have control over their curriculum. The new guidelines resemble… Read more »

St. Vincent de Paul School embraces new science standards

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City implemented the Next Generation Science Standards in all Utah Catholic Schools this year. These new standards explore content at a deeper level, provide more hands-on science experiments, and include practices scientists use in the field. Click here to read the full story in Intermountain Catholic (September 2, 2016)

Here’s What We Know About the Next Generation Science Standards Tests

Education Week’s Liana Heitin reports that many states plan to start testing students on Next Generation Science Standards in the spring of 2018. She writes that last week, the American Institutes for Research, a research and evaluation nonprofit that is contracting with some states to design and implement NGSS tests, brought together psychometricians, science education experts,… Read more »

New standards teach Montana students to work like scientists

Guest Opinion by Linda Rost (Billings Gazette) Montana is adopting new science standards. Our new science standards, for which I served as one of the writers, are currently open for public comment and review. The Next Generation Science Standards were written in 2013 by teams of teachers and scientists from 26 lead states, including Montana…. Read more »