- Maryland and Vermont became the fourth and fifth states to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards on Tuesday, joining Rhode Island, Kansas and Kentucky.
- The standards were developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve Inc. in collaboration with 26 states, and are likely to create some controversy due to their inclusion of the science of climate change and evolution.
- The new standards are the first to be developed since the National Science Education Standards from the National Research Council and Benchmarks for Science Literacy from the American Association for the Advancement of Science were introduced 15 years ago.
From the article:
... S. James Gates, a University of Maryland physics professor and director of the school’s Center for String and Particle Theory, is a member of the state board and said in a statement:
Until now, in-depth science education has been for an elite few. These standards will make it an integral part of education for every student. These standards provide the foundation for the jobs of tomorrow. They can be the key to unlocking the American dream. ...