New Science Standards Equip Students with Tools to Land Jobs of the Future

October 09, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) today placed the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science out on comment for 30 days. The standards clearly define the content and practices students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation.

"Research tells us that common, rigorous standards lead to more students reaching higher levels of achievement," said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. "In today's world, preparing students for deeper levels of scientific investigation and understanding is critical to their future success."

West Virginia was one of approximately 20 states chosen to lead a national effort to set Next Generation Science Standards. As a lead state partner, West Virginia guided the standard writing process, gathered and delivered feedback from state-level committees and came together to address common issues and challenges.

West Virginia's Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science were generated from the national Next Generation Science Standards. The standards are not a curriculum. Districts, schools and teachers will determine their own curriculum, including what is taught throughout the year and how it is taught.

The science standards allow students to think of science learning not as memorization of disconnected facts but as a holistic understanding of integrated concepts. The standards require students to provide evidence of their learning and will equip students with the critical thinking and analytical skills they need to be successful in college and to compete for today's most rewarding jobs.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes to the standards and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education website at

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 or visit for fact sheets for parents, teachers and businesses about the Next Generation Science Standards.

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