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Next Generation Science Standards

About the Next Generation Science Standards

The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve embarked on a two-step process to develop the Next Generation Science Standards.

Step One: Getting the Science Right

The National Research Council (NRC), the staff arm of the National Academy of Sciences, began by developing the Framework for K–12 Science Education. The Framework was a critical first step because it is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and identified the science all K–12 students should know. To undertake this effort, the NRC convened a committee of 18 individuals who are nationally and internationally known in their respective fields. The committee was composed of practicing scientists, including two Nobel laureates, cognitive scientists, science education researchers, and science education standards and policy experts. Design teams, in physical science, life science, earth/space science, and engineering, developed the framework for their respective disciplinary area.

Step Two: States Developing Next Generation Science Standards

In a process managed by Achieve, Inc., 26 states will lead the development of K–12 science standards, rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The NGSS will be based on the Framework and will prepare students for college and careers. The NGSS will be developed collaboratively with states and other stakeholders in science, science education, higher education and industry. Additional review and guidance will be provided by advisory committees composed of nationally-recognized leaders in science and science education as well as business and industry. As part of the development process, the standards will undergo multiple reviews from many stakeholders including two public drafts, allowing all who have a stake in science education an opportunity to inform the development of the standards. This process will produce a set of high quality, college- and career-ready K–12 Next Generation Science Standards ready for state adoption.


Selected NGSS Web Resources

The NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Framework: This free download of the Reader’s Guide unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework—scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in each specific discipline in a way that enables readers to gain a ready grasp of the soon-to-be-released NGSS and how they will differ from the current standards.
Next Generation Science Standards: the official website for the new standards.
Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards : Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. These expectations will inform the development of new standards for K-12 science education and, subsequently, revisions to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for educators.
Lead States Announcement : read the list of states, including Tennessee, selected to lead the development of the NGSS.
NGSS Writing Team : See the list of 41 people from 26 states whose expertise, dedication, and hard work have been instrumental in the development of the NGSS.
NGSS Fact Sheet : This is a terrific overview in question and answer format of the key issues surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards.
NGSS Glossary : A compilation of terms and definitions you'll encounter when reviewing the NGSS.
Achieve, Inc. : Organization tasked with developing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
NSTA Public Draft Feedback: The results of NSTA's comprehensive review of the first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (June 2012)
The State of State Science Standards 2012 : A Thomas B. Fordham Institute report indicating that the K-12 science standards of most states are mediocre, at best, placing America's technological prowess and scientific leadership in jeopardy.
Making the Transition to Scientific and Engineering Practices: Visiting the Potential of the Next Generation Science Standards : In this archived webinar presenters talk about the changes outlined in the new Science Framework and how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will incorporate these changes in ways that will influence classroom practice. The program outlines the relationship among the NAS Science Framework, the forthcoming NGSS, and the scientific and engineering practices that these documents advance.
Building Capacity in State Science Education (BCSSE) : A project of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS), BCSSE is designed to provide sustained resources and professional development for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

NGSS News Feed

New K-12 science standards emphasize hands-on learning - 89.3 KPCC

New K-12 science standards emphasize hands-on learning89.3 KPCCAvina is one of a small group of teachers in the state working on lesson plans for the Next Generation Science Standards. Over the next several years, California's roughly 1,000 school districts will transition to the NGSS, tossing out standards from ...

Science instruction panel moves forward with Next Generation benchmarks - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesScience instruction panel moves forward with Next Generation benchmarksThe Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesA state panel tasked with recommending a new set of standards for science instruction in Iowa schools on Tuesday decided to move forward with the Next Generation Science Standards as the basis for its work. The Next Generation standards were developed ...

Science standards panel to decide on change today - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesScience standards panel to decide on change todayThe Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesA state panel will decide today whether to use the Next Generation Science Standards as the basis for its work. The group is working toward a final recommendation on new standards for science instruction in Iowa schools. The Iowa Department of ...Wyoming to resume reviewing science standardsWyoming TribuneWyoming NewsSheridan Media (press release)all 8 news articles »

Wyoming Board Of Education Moves Science Standards Forward - Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Board Of Education Moves Science Standards ForwardWyoming Public MediaIn the recent legislative session, Wyoming lawmakers voted to allow the State Board of Education to again consider the Next Generation Science Standards. In its first meeting since the session ended, the Board voted unanimously Tuesday to get back to ...

Teaching the Next Generation Science Standards With 'Mysteries' - Education Week News (blog)

Education Week News (blog)Teaching the Next Generation Science Standards With 'Mysteries'Education Week News (blog)In a packed session this morning, a professor who helped lead the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, described the new standards as "a shift from learning about something to figuring out something." Brian J. Reiser, a professor of ...