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PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has become the first state in the country to adopt a new national standard for K-12 science education.
The R.I. Board of Education voted on May 23 to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.
“The new standards will make sure our students are exposed to rigorous science content and that they learn critical and contextual thinking skills,” Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist said in a statement.
The standards, Gist added, “will help advance student achievement and will prepare students for success in challenging careers in several growing fields in the Rhode Island economy, such as health care and bioengineering.”
Rhode Island was one of 26 “lead partner” states that helped develop the standards, working with the University of Texas at Austin, the Science Education Leadership Council and the Rhode Island STEM Center.
Board of Education spokesman Eliot Krieger said the transition to the new standards is expected to take about four years. •