Five states have adopted a common set of K-12 science education standards that were released in June. Vermont and Maryland are the most recent to adopt the voluntary standards. Rhode Island, Kansas, and Kentucky have also agreed to implement the standards.
Twenty-two other states were involved in the development of the standards. These so-called lead state partners pledged to give serious consideration to adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.
Many educators and scientists view the standards as a way to ensure that all students in the United States receive a quality education in science that adequately prepares them for college or the workforce. Some religious organizations, however, have criticized the standards for including evolution and anthropogenic climate change. Despite protests from creationists and climate deniers, the Kentucky Board of Education did not make any changes to the proposed regulation to enact the standards. The state legislature now has the opportunity to disapprove of the regulation.
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