Wyoming State Board of Education unanimously approved the state's first computer sciences standards late last month, requiring computer science be taught to all Wyoming students. This is also the first time a new content area has been added to the state standards since the 1990s.
The Utah State Board of Education has adopted new health education standards for grades K-12. The updated standards now includes students in grades kindergarten through second grade. The new health education standards cover mental health and emotional health, substance abuse prevention, safety and disease prevention, nutrition, human development and health foundation, and protective factors of healthy self. The previous health education standards were last adopted in 1997.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed an ethnic studies bill on Friday, March 29. The act proposes to require the State Board of Education to publish hazing, harassment, or bullying incidents, broken down by student group including ethnic and racial groups, poverty and disability status and English language learner status. A 20-member working group will advise the board on making student performance standards more inclusive, reviewing the standards and recommending updates and additional standards by June 30, 2021. The board then has a year to consider adopting ethnic and social equity studies standards into the statewide standards for student performance.
This report by New America analyzed professional teaching standards in all 50 states to better understand whether states’ expectations for teachers incorporate culturally responsive teaching. The review focused on the extent to which state standards explicitly address the eight CRT competencies of interest and how each state differentiates the standards.
Achieve's new brief explores the challenges states face as they begin to think about transforming their science assessments to accompany the Next Generation Science Standards' three-dimensional standards. The brief describes some key challenges associated with developing assessments for these new standards and recommendations for states to consider.