In July 2011, the National Research Council published a Framework for K-12 Science Education. This framework document served as a basis for multi-state science standards that were completed in April 2013. It remains to be seen how many states will adopt the NGSS, but many including Wisconsin plan to consider them seriously. As of April 2014, eleven states plus the District of Columbia had adopted the NGSS. On May 12, 2014, Waunakee formally adopted the NGSS as local science standards and has begun a multi-year process of implementing them in our science program. The goal is to provide our students with a truly excellent science education.
The National Research Council, National Science Teachers Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve are the main partners in the NGSS initiative.