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.
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.
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.
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.