Tennessee Curriculum Center

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

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Stanford researchers say school kids can do safe and simple biological experiments over the internet - Stanford University News

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East Aurora School District 131 Expands STEMscopes NGSS Digital STEM Curriculum to All Elementary and Middle ... - Yahoo Sports

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California Issues Draft NGSS Framework for Revising Science Ed - T.H.E. Journal

California Issues Draft NGSS Framework for Revising Science EdT.H.E. JournalThe state of California has adopted a revised science framework intended to help its public schools transform instruction to mesh with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It claims to be the first state to do so. The framework offers guidance ...

Experts say schools' new science fare dumbed down - Boston Herald

Boston HeraldExperts say schools' new science fare dumbed downBoston Herald... science standards have been dumbed down from what they were in the past — a change that could jeopardize the state's high science scores, according to education and science experts. The state's new “Next Generation Science Standards” — specifying ...