The presentation below was shared with a group of Science educators from around the state today at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington. Thanks to Joyce Bowen from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Office of Math, Science, Technology and Engineering for coming out and updating us with the latest information on the future of our state's Science standards.
The key slides in my mind are slides 3 and 19. Slide articulates the rationale for MA adapting and not adopting the Next Generation Science Standards while slide 19 outlines the timeline for the adaptation of the new standards. The bottom line is that these new standards will not be in place until after the 2015-2016 school year (at the earliest).
In addition, a set of K-12 draft standards are expected to be shared publicly before the end of 2013. If you have questions or comments, they are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again to Joyce for her time and fielding all of the questions thrown her way.