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Table 5 What the NGSS states with a grade of A would have received if they had not adopted the NGSS

From: A state-by-state comparison of middle school science standards on evolution in the United States

State Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Total points Letter grade
Is the term “evolution” used? Is the concept of evolution clearly defined? Multiple lines of evidence for evolution are presented (fossils, homologous structures, genetics, artificial selection, etc.) Natural selection
Mentioned
1 point
Defined
1 point
Adaptation
Mentioned
1 point
Defined
1 point
  Max 1 pt Max 1 pts Max 4 points Max 2 pts Max 2 pts 10  
CA 1 2 4 2 0c 8 B
CT 1b 0 0 0 0c 1 F
DE 1 0 1 2 2 6 D
DC 1 1 4 2 1 9 A
HIa        
ILa        
KSa        
KYd 0 0 1 0 1 2 F
MD 1 0 1 1 1 4 F
MN 1 0 3 1 0 5 F
NV 0 1 3 2 1 7 C
NJ 1 1 1 1 1 5 F
OR 1 0 1 1 0c 3 F
RI 1 0 3 1 1 6 D
VTa        
WA 1 1 4 0 2 8 B
WV 1 0 3 2 1 7 C
  1. aScience standards before NGSS implantation could not be found
  2. bThe term evolution is introduced in K-2 science standards
  3. cAdaptation was covered in elementary school, but was not part of the middle school evolution standards
  4. dThe term evolution was replaced with “biological change”