The final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were officially released on April 9. Created by twenty-six partner states, the standards aim to provide a rigorous and comprehensive framework for K-12 science education. We offer congratulations to all who contributed to this substantial achievement.
Two members of the Understanding Language Science Work Group were integrally involved in this process. Helen Quinn, Professor Emerita of Physics at Stanford, chaired the Committee on a Conceptual Framework for New K-12 Science Education Standards for the National Research Council. Okhee Lee, Professor of Education at New York University, served as a member of the standards writing committee. Of particular interest to our readers, Dr. Lee also led the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team, which authored a chapter of the standards as well as a series of case studies relating the standards to the needs of seven “non-dominant student groups,” including students with “limited English proficiency.” The team also reviewed the standards for bias and clarity of language and produced a series of appendices on diversity and equity.
The standards can be viewed at: http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards.