April 17, 2013



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Finalized Next Generation Science Standards released

The final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education, were released earlier this month. South Dakota will now consider whether to adopt the new content standards in science.

Twenty six states and their broad-based teams worked together for two years with a 41-member writing team and partners to develop the standards which identify science and engineering practices and content that all K-12 students should master in order to be fully prepared for college, careers and citizenship. The NGSS were built upon a vision for science education established by the Framework for K-12 Science Education, published by the National Academies' National Research Council in 2011.

Besides South Dakota, the lead state partners include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

The creation of the NGSS was entirely state-driven, with no federal funds or incentives to create or adopt the standards. The NGSS are grounded in a sound, evidence-based foundation of current scientific research-including research on the ways students learn science effectively-and identify the science all K-12 students should know.

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