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About the Next Generation Science Standards Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce: Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be 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 for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

What is in the Framework? The framework consists of a limited number of elements in three dimensions: (1) scientific and engineering practices, (2) crosscutting concepts, and (3) disciplinary core ideas in science. It describes how they should be developed across grades K-12, and it is designed so that students continually build on and revise their knowledge and abilities throughout their school years. To support learning, all three dimensions need to be integrated into standards, curricula, instruction, and assessment.


Dimension One: Science and Engineering Practices  Asking questions and defining the problem  Planning and carrying out investigations  Analyzing and interpreting data  Using mathematics and computational thinking  Engaging in Argument from evidence  Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information  Developing and using models  Constructing explanations and designing solutions


Dimension Two: Crosscutting Concepts  Similarities and differences in patterns  Sort, classify, and analyze simple rate of change  Measurement to better describe differences and likeness  Scales to assist in comparison : hot/cold, slow/fast  Defining objects in terms of characteristics  Objects may break up into smaller pieces---changes in shape  Tests to gather evidence (data) to support or refute students ideas about cause and effect  Patterns of change related to time to make predictions


Dimension Three: Disciplinary core ideas in science  Physical Sciences  Life Sciences  Earth and Space Sciences  Engineering, Technology, and the Applications of Science

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