SANTA FE – House Bill 211, requiring the PED to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for New Mexico schools, has passed the House Education Committee (HEC).
NGSS standards establish a framework that incorporates the application of technology and engineering in addition to science and mathematics. Sponsored by Rep. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park), HB 211 takes into account the need for New Mexico’s students to be competitive with their national peers by becoming proficient in the skills, technologies and critical thinking skills required for jobs as scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians.
“From our military bases, national laboratories, and research universities, New Mexico needs students who are proficient in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Romero, a high school teacher. “For our state to be economically competitive and self-sufficient, teaching our students these next generation science standards is critical.”
“It is important that we adopt these new standards so our students are prepared for the high-quality jobs and careers in the STEM fields. To fall behind our national counterparts is not an option,” McCamley said. “If we are serious about the well-being of our kids and the opportunities they can obtain through their hard work, then we need to be on the cutting-edge of how we educate them.”
Advances in technology have outpaced the need to update science standards nationwide to reflect how students learn and use technology. Adopting NGSS would provide New Mexico’s students access to high-quality science curricula to better become STEM literate which is becoming necessary to obtain high-paying careers in the STEM fields.
HB 211 passed HEC in an 8-3 vote and will be heard next on the House floor.