After working with 26 other states to create common standards for K-12 science education, South Dakota has decided against adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.
Only eight states have adopted the standards, and Education Secretary Melody Schopp said South Dakota will not be joining them. Her office reviewed Next Generation but decided the state would be better off bringing teachers together to write a different set of standards for the state, as the department has done in the past.
Nonetheless, Schopp on Wednesday spoke in favor of legislation that for two years would prevent South Dakota from adopting any education standards written outside of South Dakota. The House Education Committee voted 14-1 to advance Senate Bill 64 to the full House for consideration. The bill already had passed the full Senate.