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Montana played a key role in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In 2012 we signed on as a lead state. This meant that we were able to submit comment on four separate drafts of the standards and in turn we will consider them during our next standards revision.
The final NGSS document was released in April of 2013 and can be downloaded at www.nextgenscience.org.
During the 2008-2009 school year, the Office of Public Instruction distributed an inquiry-based reference to all Montana public schools. The reference is titled Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards. This book is a follow-up book to the National Science Education Standards and was written by the National Research Council. The book explains and illustrates how inquiry-based education helps students learn science content, master how to do science, and truly understand the nature of science. Important questions about structure, guidance, and assessment are addressed, including administrative support, communication with parents, and appropriate teacher evaluation. This reference was distributed to schools in a variety of ways (i.e. 2008 MEA-MFT conference, via county superintendents, delivery by OPI staff). If you are unable to locate this reference in your school library please contact Kristen Crawford, OPI Science Curriculum Specialist, for information about the specific delivery method to your school.