The Standards are now live. Achieve released the Next Generation Science Standards today and Maine is proud to have been among the 26 Lead States that participated in the development of these standards.
The timing for this release is PERFECT. Throughout the spring and summer Maine educators can begin to acquaint themselves with NGSS and revisit the Framework for K-12 Science Education. That process should continue throughout next year. Implementing this vision is a multi-year collaborative effort. No district will be able to comprehensively and effectively transition to the NGSS over a summer.
I am already looking forward to Fall 2013. In October both the Maine Science Teachers Association and the Maine Curriculum Leaders will focus their conferences on the NGSS.
You can access the NGSS document at http://www.nextgenscience.org/.