Illinois has officially joined the ranks of states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. Although the state board of education voted to adopt the standards in late January, that move was pending review by a legislative committee. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules issued a certificate of "no objection" to the adoption at the end of February, and that rule appeared in March. The standards will be implemented in the 2016–17 academic year. Ten other states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards. Read more here.