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.