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PED not saying who is behind science standards proposal

Kassi Nelson
October 12, 2017 06:09 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Several states around the nation use the Next Generation Science Standards, and New Mexico’s Public Education Department said it’s pushing to adopt them.

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In the proposal, they use the term “temperature fluctuation” instead of climate change. The age of the earth is eliminated, and some discussion of evolution is left out or referred to as “biological diversity.”

Secretary-Designate of Education Christopher Ruszkowski said Tuesday the creation of the state’s newly proposed standards is not taken lightly.

"We've had a lot of advocates come to the table the past couple years and drawn upon national best practices. What are the other states doing?” Ruzskowski said.

But with the proposal raising so much concern, PED remains tight-lipped about who those advocates are and won’t say who had input on developing the standards.

KOB asked the PED these questions Wednesday:

  • If we’re basing our science standards off a national standard, why are we changing some of the key terminologies when it comes to climate change?
  • Why are we eliminating some of the discussion about evolution and the earth’s age?
  • Who had input on developing the new standards and making these changes?

PED replied with this response from Ruszkowski:

The newly proposed standards have been two years in the making. The PED has traveled all four corners of the state discussing a number of educational topics including science. And because it’s been 15 years since our schools have had new standards, many teachers, superintendents, and families have been demanding this massive upgrade. These standards would allow for our students and teachers to focus on critical thinking and scientific inquiry. And our districts will have the flexibility to decide how they want to go about teaching these standards. The PED is listening to very diverse perspectives from around the state, and will continue taking feedback and listening to the voices of all New Mexicans.

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