Next Generation Science Standards open for public review, comment

A second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards, which are being developed with input from 26 states, including Kansas, is open for public review and comment until Tuesday.

“We’re pleased to have another opportunity for a broader audience to view the work being done” on the standards, Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said in a written statement.

“The public review periods ensure all voices are heard with regard to the standards development.”

The internationally benchmarked standards are designed to define what students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The final standards are expected to be released in March.

While this is the final public draft of the standards, state review teams will see at least one more draft of the standards before they are finalized, said Kathy Toelkes, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Education.

As a lead state in the standards development effort, Kansas has agreed to give serious consideration to adopting the standards as written once they are finalized. But the state is under no obligation to adopt the final version, Toelkes said. That decision will be made by the Kansas State Board of Education.