Mr. Albright, carrying the water for the movement, introduced a proponents talking point without provocation:
Importantly, the Next Generation Science Standards are not a curriculum. They explain what students should know and how they can be expected to show that knowledge, but they do not explicitly explain how teachers and students should “get there.”
So, just like CCSS, right? Anyone who knows anything about standards and curricula know that when the standards become prescriptive, those lines are blurred to the point of it being a distinction with no difference. Just look at the cottage industry of textbooks that have literally been slapped with stickers declaring their alignment with CCSS while not being changed one bit (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2014/02/claims_of_common_core-aligned_.html). Think NGSS will be any different? Think this statement is designed to reduce the fears and concerns with how we make policy and adopt standards with almost zero stakeholder input? Ever wonder if the News Journal is on “team reform”?
Don’t. They are.