« 'Early Implementers' of Common Core Grapple With Aligning Tests, Curriculum | Main | Surveys Differ on Teacher Preparedness for Common Core »

Nevada Adopts Common Science Standards

Go ahead and add Nevada to the list of states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. Today's unanimous vote by the state board of education makes it the ninth state to have officially adopted the common science standards, which emphasize application, scientific inquiry, and engineering design. (The District of Columbia has adopted as well.)

As I wrote in a recent story, the new science standards have been moving slowly in the states, but proponents say the speed is on par with what they'd expected. Unlike with the Commmon Core State Standards, for which adoption earned states points on their Race to the Top applications, states have no financial incentives to adopt the NGSS. 

Illinois made the last move on the standards—the state board approved them but official adoption is pending legislative review. And as I mentioned in a previous post, Oregon is close as well ... though it turns out my prediction that they were next in line was wrong. 

Some reactions below:

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments