Michigan – a leader in developing the Next Generation Science Standards – adopts new Michigan Science Standards.
Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Granthave been actively engaged in science education for decades through programs such as the 4-H & Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp and the Great Lakes Education Program. On November 10, 2015, the Michigan State Board of Educationapproved the new Michigan Science Standards, which are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
According to the Michigan Department of Education, “The effort to revise science standards comes from a vision for science education that is based on over thirty years of research on how students best learn science, as well as the ever changing needs in our workplaces and communities for scientific understanding.” This vision for learning science and engineering was presented by the National Research Council in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, which was used to develop the Next Generation Science Standards.
The view of science in these new standards has three dimensions: Practices (research suggests that students need to be engaged in doing science), Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts (which link the different domains and disciplines of science).
Michigan actively participated in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a Lead State Partner.