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South Dakota selected to be part of Science Standards development

South Dakota is one of 20 states selected as a Lead State Partner in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS.

The process for developing the Next Generation Science Standards is being spearheaded by key members of the scientific community. It will be a state-led effort and will follow the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The framework was developed by the National Research Council to identify the scientific skills needed for today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce.

As a lead state, South Dakota will have full access to the development process from the beginning, including online access to the writing and support in developing transition strategies. In addition, funding will be provided for state lead officials to meet with the NGSS writers, provide direction and guidance, deliver feedback from state-level committees, and address common adoption and implementation issues that exist among the states.

“We are very excited to be taking part in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards,” said South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp. “Staying on the cutting edge of science and technology is crucial to finding success in the global economy now and in the future.”

With 20 Lead State Partners, the process will benefit from the collective wisdom of stakeholders from across the country. The next step for South Dakota will be to put together a state-level committee of science teachers, researchers and stakeholders to review the framework.