The Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives

for Science in West Virginia Schools


The National Research Council states that science is “fundamentally about establishing lines of evidence and using the evidence to develop and refine explanations using theories, models, hypotheses, measurements, and observations.”  The West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in WV Schools have been designed to engage students in learning science at the nexus of three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts.  In this format, students will come to understand both the body of science knowledge and the processes by which it is established, extended, refined and revised.   

Today's modern workforce depends on individuals with scientific and technological skills.  From health care to environmental stewardship, a countless number of personal and societal issues require citizens to make informed decisions based on their understanding of science and technology.  It is essential that all West Virginia students have access to a high-quality science education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens, to be prepared for college and careers, and to understand and appreciate the scientific enterprise.


PAEMST Awardees Pete Karpyk and Eric Kincaid Recognized at November 2015 Board Meeting

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science (including computer science) education.

Science teachers Eric Kincaid and Pete Karpyk were recognized as the 2013 PAEMST awardees for West Virginia at the Board meeting November 12, 2015. For details about these distinguished teachers visit this site for Pete Karpyk and this site for Eric Kincaid.  

Pictured above, from left to right, are West Virginia Board of Education President Michael I. Green, Pete Karypyk, Eric Kincaid, and Superintendent Michael Martirano.   

For information about nominating a West Virginia science teacher for the PAEMST award, visit The Award Process Overview or contact WV PAEMST Coordinator Dr. Deb Hemler at

Annual and Repeating Competitions, Scholarships, and Programs for Students

Science in the Arts Challenge

Science Resources

Student Ops

Teacher Ops

WV NxGen Science Standards

WV State and Regional Science Fairs and Robotics Tournaments

WVDE Science Calendar

Contact Information

Science Coordinator, Robin Sizemore (

Office of Middle/Secondary Learning

Phone:  304-558-5325                 FAX:  304-558-1834

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Building 6 Room 603, Charleston, WV  25305