Next Generation Science Standards

2:19 am
Wed June 25, 2014

West Ky. Teachers Are Ready to Teach Next Generation Science Standards

WKEC teachers take a guided tour of Union City's Discovery Park of America.

Kentucky K-12 schools are preparing for the implementation of the new Next Generation Science Standards, which  have been met with acclaim and some controversy both in the commonwealth and across the country.

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10:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Kentucky Education Commissioner Weighs In on Next Generation Science Standards

Kentucky schools will begin using the new Next Generation Science Standards this fall.

While controversial, supporters say the changes are needed to keep pace with other states and prepare students for college and careers. Critics, however, worry that evolution will be taught as fact, but Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says it will be considered as theory, and he says man-made climate change will be treated the same. 

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11:23 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Bill Nye Delivers MSU Presidential Lecture Ahead of Creation Debate

Science educator and television host Bill Nye will head to northern Kentucky Tuesday for his much-publicized debate with Creation Museum president Ken Ham. But the star of  “Bill Nye the Science Guy” first stopped at Murray State University Monday night to deliver this year’s Presidential Lecture.

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11:11 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Science Guy Bill Nye to Debate Creation Museum Founder

Credit Bill

MSU’s Presidential Lecturer, Science Guy Bill Nye will debate the founder of Northern Kentucky’s Creation Museum, the day after his speech in Murray.

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7:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Faces Challenges with New Science Standards

Kentucky is among several states preparing to introduce new science standards in public schools. And, like many of the others, Kentucky has seen opposition to the standards from a vocal minority.

But the debate has been a bit more heated here and some have even called the state's adoption of the standards the most contentious in the country.

“Everybody is watching what everybody else is doing,” says Josh Rosenau, policy director at the National Center for Science Education.

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12:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:27 am

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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12:17 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Education Chairman Doesn't Expect Major Changes To Kentucky Science Standards

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 8:07 am

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky, and are part of Kentucky’s 2009 education reforms. They will update what students will be expected to learn in science.

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11:33 am
Fri June 14, 2013

KY education department OKs new K-12 science standards

State Sen. Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green)

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved new science standards for grades K through 12.  They must now move through the regulatory process.  The Commonwealth is among a coalition of twenty-six states that developed the standards that identify science and engineering content that all students through 12th grade must master to be prepared for college. 

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8:46 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Kentucky Asks Educators to Submit Comments for New Science Standards

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:11 am

The Kentucky Department of Education is asking educators and others to weigh in on new science standards the state will likely adopt sometime this year.

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