NSTA Statement on Release of Second Public Draft of the Next Generation
ARLINGTON, Va. -- January 8, 2013
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest organization in
the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning
for all, issued the following statement today regarding the release of the
second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards. The statement
can be attributed to Dr. Karen L. Ostlund, NSTA President.
“The second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
released today is a significant step forward in developing exemplary new
standards that all states can support. When completed and adopted, these new
science standards will change the way science is taught and learned in
classrooms nationwide by fully engaging K-12 students in three essential
dimensions—disciplinary core ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and
crosscutting concepts—in a way that will deepen and strengthen their knowledge
and skills in science.
We applaud the NGSS writing team and the 26 states for their extensive efforts
to develop, review, and revise these standards. We are pleased that many
changes have been made based on feedback and look forward to working with
Achieve and the writers on additional changes to ensure the final standards
meet the needs of science educators across the country.
As a partner in the NGSS development process, NSTA will be working with
science educators nationwide to identify and develop professional development
and curricular materials that will be needed to work towards successful
implementation of NGSS. The levels of achievement called for in NGSS are
ambitious and we call on all stakeholders to help us build the capacity to
adopt and implement the new standards and provide the broad support that
schools and teachers will need in the months and years ahead.”
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the
largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership
includes approximately 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others
involved in science education.
Kate Falk, 703-312-9211
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