Kentucky Delays Next Generation Science Standards; Social Studies Standards

kentucky-flagInteresting development out of Kentucky.  Kentucky’s State Board of Education also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards despite a lot of criticism.  A legislative committee voted against it 5-1.  Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said they would be adopting regardless.

It looks like somebody’s putting the brakes on the implementation.  The Kentucky School Board Association reports that a document released by the Kentucky Department of Education says they are delaying accountability for the new science standards until at least 2016 “giving science educators a few years to fully transform.”

They are slowing down on social studies standards.

The early indication from numerous national groups is that the framework does not meet rigorous requirements. KDE will be pursuing a slowing down of the progress for the development of these standards. Given the discussions that emerged from the science standards, we want to gather as much feedback and input from Kentucky educators as possible before taking the next steps.

This gives activists more time to fight the science standards, and it looks like feedback surrounding the C3 Framework of Social Studies Standards is making a difference.

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