The National Association of State Boards of Education will assist state boards of education and state-level partners in learning about the Next Generation Science Standards, including the implications for policy related to the adoption and implementation of them. After the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in April 2013, state boards of education have been begun examining them and, based on their merits and the needs of individual states, decide whether to adopt them.

As of November 2015, 17 states and the District of Columbine had adopted the NGSS and many others are looking at what make up quality science standards. South Dakota adopted science standards that has very similar content but some modifications around climate change. NASBE is positioned to provide support to help states make informed, evidence-based decisions about these standards. This work has been made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.



NASBE’s science standards initiative will specifically focus on: 1) capacity-building assistance in order for state boards to learn more about the standards and their implications for state and local school systems, such as how the NGSS fit within a college- and career-ready framework; 2) conducting state policy audits of related issues such as graduation requirements, assessments, and teacher preparation to support the alignment of their state systems; 3) individualized assistance for developing state action plans for various issues, such as alignment of policies; and 4) making resources and materials easily accessible to address state boards’ communications concerns related to the NGSS.

A number of publications, online activities, and face-to-face events are available to state board of education members. Please follow the menu bar on this page to find the resources you need. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact