One of the big question marks in the science realm is the NGSS - how will they play out across the US?
When the Common Core hit the state adoption scene in 2010, there were those that jumped on, and those that didn't. Some states modified the math and/or the ELA standards first and then adopted, and some just adopted the standards as they were. Today, after much of the dust has settled, there are 6 states that have not adopted any part of the Common Core Standards. Minnesota only adopted the ELA portion, adding their '15%' to them, 15 states adopted ELA and Math with their own additions, and 27 states adopted the ELA and Math verbatim.
This pattern seems to be unfolding the same with the NGSS...some states not at all, some with pending modifications, some as is. For examples, Wyoming has decided (just this March) to allow them for consideration, West Virginia is modifying a couple standards, and California threw out their A+ rated science standards, replacing them with the NGSS verbatim. The common thread here is that neither set of standards is likely to achieve its full intent - be the one, guiding set of educational standards for all US students. However, the NGSS, like the Common Core, has achieved the attention needed for a great first step.
EdGate will be following the NGSS as its journey continues, and the impact it brings to the educational arena.
By: Larry Johnson