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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

Community editorial board: Keep politics out of Science Standards - Laramie Boomerang

Washington Post (blog)Community editorial board: Keep politics out of Science StandardsLaramie BoomerangWe had hoped that the Wyoming Board of Education would have taken the bold step of adopting the Next Generation Science Standards at its meeting April 11 in Casper. That might not have been the politic thing to do, but it would have been legal and ...Who is mucking up science education?Washington Post (blog)Gosar: Blocking science education standards is censorshipCasper Star-Tribune OnlineWTE got science standards footnotes, concept wrongWyoming Tribuneall 4 news articles »

Wanted: districts interested in being early adopters of new science standards - EdSource Today

Wanted: districts interested in being early adopters of new science standardsEdSource TodayQUICK HITS (USE THIS!!!) The California Science Teachers Association and the nonprofit education research and development agency WestEd are seeking a half-dozen school districts to take the lead in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards ...Lawmakers and Mead push politics on Wyo. educationWyoming TribuneBrave new worldBuffalo Bulletinall 29 news articles »

Continued uncertainty in Wyoming - National Center for Science Education

Continued uncertainty in WyomingNational Center for Science EducationAt its April 11, 2014, meeting, the Wyoming state board of education decided not to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, instead turning to a state department of education committee for further guidance. As NCSE previously reported, a ...For Science Standards, Begin at the BeginningEducation Week NewsNew science teaching tools shown at NSTA conferenceeSchool News (registration)all 4 news articles »

New Wyoming Science Standards Placed Under Further DOE Review - K2 Radio

K2 RadioNew Wyoming Science Standards Placed Under Further DOE ReviewK2 RadioThe Wyoming Board of Education opted to not implement so-called Next Generation Science Standards in place of Wyoming's decade-old standards Friday, deciding instead to turn back to a Wyoming Department of Education committee for further guidance.State board sends science standards back to education departmentBillings GazetteNew Science Standards Under ReviewSheridan Media (press release)Board decides more review of science standardsKGWNWyoming Public Media -WyoFileall 12 news articles »

Museums Step Up as Resource for New Science Standards - Education Week News

Education Week NewsMuseums Step Up as Resource for New Science StandardsEducation Week NewsAs a small but growing number of states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, science museums and centers are positioning themselves as a key resource for helping teachers adapt to the vision for instruction reflected in the new guidelines.