On September 20, 2011 Kentucky was announced as a Lead State Partner in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards
(NGSS) with Achieve, Inc. As a Lead State Partner, Kentucky educators will have a great degree of input on shaping the standards along with 25 other lead states. On this page you will find information regarding Kentucky's work with the NGSS and updates on the progress of Kentucky's science standards.
The NGSS were published in their final version on April 9, 2013. and were announced in a KDE press release. They were given their first reading the next day at the April meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. A Kentucky Teacher story about the first reading is available.
The NGSS were based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education published by the National Academies Press and available to download or read online for free.
A brief outlining the Framework is also available to download.
The standards themselves, along with several supporting documents are available from http://www.nextgenscience.org
Other information of interest:
Development Process for the Next Generation Science Standards