LA Times on California NGSS delay: Board expresses support for NGSS

From the Los Angeles Times:

State Board of Education officials delayed a decision Wednesday on adopting new science standards that would tackle fewer subjects more deeply and favor hands-on experiments over rote memorization of facts. 

The board decided to take up the issue again in the fall, after educators return from summer break and can weigh in on the proposed standards.

But board members — along with 21 speakers from academia, business and community advocacy groups who attended the meeting — expressed support for the proposed benchmarks, saying they would make science more exciting for students.

California is one of the 26 lead state partners on the NGSS project.

The Fordham Institute rated the state’s present standards very highly – tied for the highest grade with DC – while strongly criticizing the NGSS.

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