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Science Standards Begin Long, Hard Road to Classroom

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Science  21 Jun 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6139, pp. 1391
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6139.1391

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Last week, Kansas became the third state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a voluntary national initiative to redefine how U.S. schoolchildren learn science. The nascent debate over NGSS, expected to play out over several years, also promises to shine a spotlight on science, a subject that has traditionally played second fiddle in the public's eye to mathematics and reading. A reminder of the rough road ahead came 2 days after the Kansas vote, when a Washington, D.C., education think tank gave NGSS a "C" grade, declaring that NGSS is weaker than existing science standards in as many as 20 states.