Introduce Parents to the Next Generation Science Standards

Because the Next Generation Science Standards mark a significant shift in how science is both taught and learned, parents may be curious as to what their children’s classrooms will look like. To help parents better understand the importance of standards and the role they play in education, NSTA has developed a short Q&A for parents. This tool explains what standards are in general and why the NGSS in particular are so critical for developing college and career readiness in the sciences. The Q&A is a great resource for science teachers, principals, and other administrators to distribute to and discuss with parents. This handy guide is also downloadable as a color or black-and-white PDF.

Adoption Update

Congratulations, New Jersey! Voting to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, the state joins 11 others and the District of Columbia.

“New Jersey historically has adopted curriculum standards that establish a high bar for student learning. Today’s re-adoption of six content areas and the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards maintain the state’s commitment to providing schools with curriculum frameworks that convey higher-level skills and advanced learning,” said State Board President Mark W. Biedron. “The Next Generation Science Standards will enable schools to take science to the next level and to challenge and inspire students to embrace scientific inquiry both in and out of the classroom.”

To read the full press release, click here.

States That Have Officially Adopted NGSS

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  • Kentucky
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Vermont
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Washington
  • District of Columbia
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey

(last updated July 9, 2014)