Lead State Partners

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During the Next Generation Science Standards development process, 26 lead state partners provided leadership to the standards writing team. These lead state partners continue to provide guidance to states as they consider adoption of the NGSS, and address common issues involved in adoption and implementation of the standards. 

The lead state partners made commitments to:

  • Give serious consideration to adopting the resulting Next Generation Science Standards as presented.
  • Identify a state science lead who will attend meetings with writers to provide direction and work toward agreement on issues around the standards, adoption, and implementation.
  • Participate in Multi-State Action Committee meetings (Committee of the Chief State School Officers) to discuss issues regarding adoption and implementation of the new standards. 
  • Publicly announce the state is part of the effort to draft new science standards and make transparent the state’s process for outreach/receiving feedback during the process.
  • Form a broad based committee that considers issues regarding adoption and provides input and reactions to drafts of the standards. 
  • Publicly identify timeline for adopting science standards.
  • Utilize the collective experiences of the states to develop implementation and transition plans while the standards are being developed that can be used as models for all states.

Click on the lead state partner names below to learn more about their work:

Arizona Minnesota
Arkansas Montana
California New Jersey
Delaware New York
Georgia North Carolina
Illinois Ohio
Iowa Oregon
Kansas Rhode Island
Kentucky South Dakota
Maine Tennessee
Maryland Vermont
Massachusetts Washington
Michigan West Virginia