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NJ’s Next Generation Science Standards: The Quiet Revolution

As New Jersey schools continue to move to the Common Core State Standards for language arts and math, the state’s expected adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards is getting less attention but may be equally transformative.

Advocates and science educators say it could portend a big shift for science education in the state. But questions remain to the roll-out of the new standards — and possibly a new way of teaching — just as educators statewide are dealing with a host of reforms, including how they are evaluated.