Why Science, an education technology company, welcomes the release of  the first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) today.  At Why Science, we are very excited about the NGSS,  because it validates the approaches we have used to implement the STEM teaching and learning recommendations of the 1996 National Science Education Standards in our suite of technology blend STEM learning solutions.

The Next Generation Science Standards are based on the National Research Council (NRC) Framework for K–12 Science Education, and the 1996 National Science Education Standards, which describe the major practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school, and provides an outline of how these practices, concepts, and ideas should be developed across the grade levels.

This first draft of the new science standards will be online for public comment for three weeks, until June 1. Science educators, supervisors, administrators—in fact anyone interested in the future course and direction of science education—are encouraged to carefully read these new science standards and submit comments online to Achieve during the comment period.

After June 1, there is still a lot more to be done before the standards will be ready for  adoption.  For more information about NGSS go to www.nextgenscience.org.

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