Earlier this month, the Kentucky Board of Education approved the Next Generation Science Standards. These guidelines establish what public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade are taught about the sciences.
The standards are not without some controversy, though. At a hearing in June, supporters and critics fought over what the standards say about evolution and climate change. State officials received thousands more responses during a public comment period.
The goal is to implement the new standards in Kentucky classrooms starting in the 2014-2015 academic year. But the state legislature must review and approve them first.
We’ll discuss the Next Generation Science Standards and the concerns they’ve generated on Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. Here’s a preview: