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What does leading the nation on NGSS look like?

Washington State is ahead of peers in developing a comprehensive, summative assessment based on the Next Generation Science Standards After participating as a lead state in writing the Next Generation Science Standards, Washington adopted the NGSS in the fall of 2013. This is the first academic year schools are supposed to have fully implemented the… Read more »

New Hampshire Adopts Next Generation Science Standards

NSTA congratulates the state of New Hampshire for adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in November. The New Hampshire Business Review quoted Tom Raffio, chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education, as saying the standards “will help our students develop the fundamental academic knowledge and the 21st century skills that will be so important… Read more »

Students egg-cited about engineering

“100 feet! 100 feet!” chanted more than 100 fifth-graders as East Fork Fire Department firefighters extended their ladder and launched the students’ “egg-stronauts” during the second annual Egg Drop Challenge Wednesday at Meneley and Minden elementary schools. The Egg Drop Challenge is the culminating activity for Douglas County School District’s Next Generation Science Standards science… Read more »

California wants to update its standardized science tests, but the government says no — again

California wants to update its standardized tests in science. But for the second time, federal officials have nixed the state’s rollout plans. State officials say that disapproval won’t stop them. Students have been taking the same science tests in California since 1998. The new tests are supposed to be more hands-on. They’re in keeping with the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of… Read more »

Science instruction evolving to meet needs

In an Orange County Register column called Living Textbooks, Maria Grant, a professor of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton, explores the Next Generation Science Standards. As residents of this planet we are a part of it all – a part of the global society, a part of our local communities and a part of… Read more »

New York Approves New Science Education Guidelines

According to The Wall Street Journal, New York state education officials voted to approve a new set of guidelines Monday for what children should learn in science in preschool through 12th grade, starting next fall. The guidelines emphasize more hand-on projects, engineering and real-world problems. Supporters say they focus less on memorizing collections of facts… Read more »

California Issues Draft NGSS Framework for Revising Science Ed

California has adopted a revised science framework intended to help its public schools transform instruction to mesh with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It claims to be the first state to do so. The framework offers guidance to educators and science content publishers on how to teach the standards in K-12. The revision work… Read more »

Louisiana Seeks Public Input on Science Standards

According to the Louisiana News Star, the Louisiana Department of Education announced the launch of the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal, which gives parents, educators and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on Louisiana’s Student Standards for science. The portal provides the public with the first look at the initial draft of the new standards and… Read more »