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 February 2014 9 states and the District of Columbine had adopted the NGSS and many others are looking at what make up quality science standards. 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 will be available to state board of education members. For example, NASBE has released, 3 Policy Updates, a NGSS Communication Workbook, a Guide to the NGSS. There were two regional meetings in 2013 to provide information and planning time for state boards of education members. In 2014 in addition to similar activities from 2013, NASBE has added state stipends to help state boards in their deliberations


More information, including previous and upcoming NASBE NGSS events, podcasts, resources, and reports from the regional conferences, are provided below. For the complete list of downloads and resources for the NGSS project, click here.