Adoption Update

Congratulations, West Virginia! Voting to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, the state joins 12 others and the District of Columbia.

“We’re excited. It’s the right thing to do,” said Gayle Manchin, President of the West Virginia State Board of Education in an interview with NSTA. W. Clayton Burch, Associate State Superintendent, added that the NGSS “will raise the rigor and will assist teachers in having a framework that will serve them and the children well.”

Read more here.

States That Have Officially Adopted NGSS

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


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.

(last updated July 9, 2014)