State Stipend

The adoption and or implementation of college and career ready science standards are currently being discussed in many states across the country. The importance of the high quality science standards is well understood as both being critical for the future of a state’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce and as an equity of opportunity concern for a high quality education for all students. NASBE is therefore offering competitive state stipends to state boards of education to assist them with their deliberations, planning, communication and activities related to new college and career ready science standards such as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). State stipends will be awarded to states that are in the process of considering adopting new science standards, as well as states who have recently adopted the NGSS or similar science standards.

These stipends are intended to increase a state board’s capacity, time, and/or capability to advance policies such as the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards or similar high quality college and career science standards. State boards may decide to use the funds for any number of activities such as hosting a retreat, communications activities whether face-to-face or through other means, convening a special task force of cross-state stakeholders, obtaining board member professional development through conference attendance, or hosting regional local school board meetings. Successful state boards will also be provided support for in state workshop of their design in addition to the state stipend.

In 2014, NASBE awarded six states Science Standards Stipends to advance state education reform work. They were Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky,  New Jersey and West Virginia. In 2015 project year, NASBE will continue providing in-state technical assistance and capacity building through stipends, we are expecting to work with more states to advance policymaking around science standards.