Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski said his department will restore a reference to the age of Earth and add the word “evolution” back into another section as a response to criticism raised by hundreds of scientists, teachers and others.
The revisions, however, appear to leave in place most of the state’s proposed edits to the NGSS that the Public Education Department announced last month. And while many cheered Ruszkowski’s announcement Wednesday, some continued to question why the department was changing the standards at all.
PED posted its proposed science standards on its website last month to update science teaching for students from kindergarten through high school. Those standards are based on the Next Generation Science Standards issued in 2013 by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences. But the PED proposal contained a number of additions, omissions and changes to the national standards.