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New science test coming in 2018 for Oregon

Oregon has new science standards and plans to roll out a new science test in 2018. The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by 26 states, and 18 have signed on to use them. They were adopted in Oregon in 2014 and are being phased in now. Just as important as content are methods of scientific… Read more »

Nebraska looks to Next Generation for guidance on science standards

An update of science standards for Nebraska public schools is underway, and the Nebraska Department of Education is looking to the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide. Those standards weren’t around in 2010 when Nebraska last updated its own. The state department worked with a consultant, the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, to… Read more »

Court rejects religious challenge to Kansas science standards

On April 20, the Kansas Associated Press reported that a federal appeals court rejected a nonprofit group’s claim that science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism. “The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed on Tuesday a lower court ruling that had dismissed the lawsuit brought by a nonprofit group calling itself Citizens… Read more »

Illinois District 204 OKs New Science Curriculum

  Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville, Il, is changing the way middle school students learn science. After a month of debate, the school board Monday approved a new middle school curriculum and accompanying materials aimed at fulfilling the Next Generation Science Standards. Instead of regurgitating information from a teacher’s lecture or textbook, students… Read more »

The three Rs and an S

In this op ed in the Baltimore Sun, two leading scientists Norman Augustine and S. James Gates, say science should be seen as a core subject for students, not just an afterthought or add-on. They discuss their support for the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards as a way to help students think like scientists by asking questions,… Read more »

Eight Things to Know About the Next Generation Science Standards

 Education Week‘s Liana Heiten provides an insightful look at status of the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and offers up 8 things you should know about the standards, such as “the standards prize performance over memorization,” and “they include a lot of engineering and design.” Even though there has been… Read more »

Hawaii Adopts the Next Generation Science Standards

Congratulations to Hawaii! On February 16, 2016, its state board of education voted to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and will implement them over four years starting in the 2016-17 school years. As of February 2016, 17 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the NGSS and are working to implement them in districts and… Read more »

Delaware delays new science exam amid over-testing concerns

Push back from Delaware district leaders, as well as pressures to reduce the state’s testing burden, stopped a proposal to create new state-mandated science and social studies tests for grades 3-10 that would have increased the amount of time students spend taking statewide standardized tests by roughly 25 percent. Delaware is rebooting and now looking for… Read more »

Developing Science Standards for 21st Century Students

A recent segment on WCAI radio in Massachusetts focused on how science issues, such as climate change and genetically modified organisms, touch each of us every day. It’s important that the public be able to understand science so that when they look for information, they are able to discern reliable sources from misinformation, and assemble a big… Read more »

Embrace the New Standards in Science Education

In 2013, Kansas became the third state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In a letter to The Topeka-Capital Journal online, Brian Cole, a science teacher and president of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science,  talks about the new standards as a way to “greatly improve science education for our kids and all… Read more »