On September 4, California became the 6th state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards after a unanimous vote by the State Board of Education. A timeline and plan for implementation will be decided in the coming months. The State Board did not make a decision about middle school standards and if they should be taught by discipline–earth science in 6th grade, life science in 7th grade, and physical science in 8th grade–or revamped into new integrated science courses.
Click here to read a blog post by Ed Week’s Erik Robelen.
Click here for a news article by Ed Source.
Click here to read the press release by the California Department of Education.
NSTA is excited to announce, in partnership with MasteryConnect, a free app for the Next Generation Science Standards.
MasteryConnect, the makers of the most downloaded app for the Common Core (with over 700,000 downloads), has created a great way to get the standards in the palm of your hand … through an app on your tablet or mobile device.
The Next Generation Science Standards app gives you multiple ways to view the standards including DCI and Topic arrangements, and also includes convenient search functionality. The app also makes referencing standards in the Common Core simple by providing a linkage between the NGSS App and MasteryConnect’s Common Core App.
As part of the partnership with MasteryConnect, NSTA is providing additional free resources within the app, including several articles from NSTA’s peer reviewed journals, and free chapters from its line of NGSS-related titles, including The NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards and Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards.
You can download the Next Generation Science Standards app (as well as MasteryConnect’s other free apps) by searching “MasteryConnect” or “Next Generation Science Standards” in your app store or visiting the iOS Store or Android Marketplace. Look for the app to be available in the Windows Store soon.
The American Association of Physics Teachers issued a statement on July 29 urging adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Following is an except from that statement:
“The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) supports the adoption and implementation of common, nationwide science education standards to provide a coherent science and engineering education program for all K-12 students, not just those aiming for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The Association supports the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a guide for the development of assessments for grade-level and grade-band measures of student performance in science and engineering and the Association urges states to adopt and implement the NGSS.”
To read the full statement: http://www.aapt.org/Resources/policy/upload/NGSS-AAPT-Letterhead-Response-130729.pdf
On June 25, 2013, the state boards of education in Maryland and Vermont voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), bringing the number of states to formally adopt NGSS to five (Rhode Island, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, and Vermont). Full implementation in Maryland’s public schools is expected to be completed in time for the 2017–18 school year. In a press release Vermont Governor Shumlin stated, “I hear often from Vermont businesses struggling to fill positions due to the lack of applicants skilled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Next Generation Science Standards help address these gaps and keep Vermont’s schools on the leading edge nationwide.”
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Arlington, Va. June 13, 2013 — NSTA issued a statement regarding the release of a report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on the Next Generation Science Standards.
“The National Science Teachers Association strongly disagrees with the opinions of the Fordham Institute regarding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS contains rigorous and substantive science content that will give all students the skills and knowledge they need to be informed citizens, college ready, and prepared for careers in a workforce that now considers science skills and knowledge to be basic and fundamental requirements. We also applaud the NGSS writers for maintaining a teachable number of core ideas. If fully implemented, we believe the majority of students will leave high school with a far greater understanding and working knowledge of science than is currently being achieved.
To read the full statement: http://www.nsta.org/about/pressroom.aspx?id=59989
By a vote of 8 to 2, on June 12, the Kansas state board of education became the third state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.
On June 5, the Kentucky state board of education voted to approve the Next Generation Science Standards to be Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science (Science KCAS). The science standards must now move through the legislative review process and are not considered final until this process has concluded. For more information: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/sci/pages/next-generation-science-standards.aspx
On May 23, 2013, Rhode Island become the first state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) after a unanimous vote on by the members of the state’s Board of Education.
“Rhode Island is proud to be the first to forge a new path for science education as both a leading state in the development and the first state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards,” said Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist. “The new standards will make sure our students are exposed to rigorous science content and that they learn critical and contextual thinking skills needed to be prepared for college, career and life in the 21st century global economy.”
The NGSS establish educational goals that can give K–12 students the skills and knowledge they need to be informed citizens, college ready, and prepared for STEM careers.
In a statement released earlier today, NSTA welcomed the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) calling it an opportunity to transform K–12 science education by changing the way science is taught and learned in classrooms around the country. NSTA encourages all states to adopt the NGSS and begin implementing the standards in classrooms and schools across the country.
“The Next Generation Science Standards establishes clear educational goals that can give students the skills and knowledge they need to be informed citizens, college ready, and prepared for STEM careers,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “All students—from Maine to California—deserve access to the best science and STEM education and these standards that will be consistent from state-to-state have the potential to make that happen.”
To read the full release, go to http://www.nsta.org/about/pressroom.aspx?id=59913.