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Eight Things to Know About the Next Generation Science Standards

By now you may have heard that there’s a set of common science standards that some states are adopting called the Next Generation Science Standards. But if that’s about where your knowledge ends, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  The science standards have undoubtedly taken a backseat to the Common Core State Standards, which have been the subject of ongoing political and instructional controversy. But as of last week, 18 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards—meaning millions of students will soon be learning the new benchmarks in their classrooms. And many more individual school districts have jumped the gun on their states, and decided to bring the science standards to their schools ahead of statewide adoption.