The Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to approve new science standards that K-12 students will be expected to master starting one year from now.
The proposed "Next Generation" science standards will go through a public hearing and legislative review process before going into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.
The state board approved the new standards on a 9-0 vote. One member, Judith Gibbons, was absent Wednesday, and one board seat is vacant.
Critics previously have questioned some aspects of the standards, especially language concerning evolution and climate change. However, no one spoke against the standards at Wednesday's meeting, state Department of Education spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez said.
A small group of people did speak in support of the standards.
One of them, Sheila Anderson of Frankfort, said nearly 4,000 people signed an online petition in support of the science standards. Anderson posted the petition last week on MoveOn.org.
Anderson, who has a grandchild in public school, said she wants climate science included in the standards because "it's really, really important."