Nevada Officially Adopts the NGSS; Illinois Poised to Follow


Feb. 27—Nevada has officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With yesterday’s unanimous vote, the state board of education made Nevada the tenth NGSS adopter.

Nevada joins California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.  Illinois also recently made a move toward adopting the standards. The state board of education unanimously approved the NGSS in January. Official adoption is pending legislative review.

The NGSS were developed by 26 lead state partners over a two year process that included multiple public and state reviews. The standards were designed to adhere to the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  After the standards’ publication in April 2013, the NRC conducted a fidelity review and concluded that the NGSS are consistent with the content and structure of the Framework.