Next Generation Science Standards

New Standards for Science are Here

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The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is excited about the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We enthusiastically support the vision set forth in the NGSS and its interrelated approach to K–12 science instruction. The NGSS establish performance expectations for learners that call for them to demonstrate understanding across three important dimensions—science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. Learners who engage in science instruction that is thoughtfully rooted in the NGSS throughout kindergarten through 12th grade will construct deeper understanding of essential science concepts and engineering practices. Because this new vision for science education is broad and all-encompassing, we recognize that it will require substantial and consistent professional learning to support classroom implementation. We hope that the resources listed here will assist you in learning more about the NGSS.

View the Next Generation Science Standards
NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards
NSTA NGSS Resources
Archived NSTA webinars about the NGSS and the Framework for K-12 Science Education
Watch a video about the NGSS developed by Achieve
Watch an archived webinar about NGSS presented by the National Association of State Boards of Education

View the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The National Research Council developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education as a first step to identify what learners should know about science to help them thrive in their future careers and improve their capacity to make informed personal and collective decisions.

NSTA’s Reader’s Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education ++