Next Generation Science Standards
Science Education Steering Committee
The NYS Board of Regents approved the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science during its January 2015 meeting. The plan may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/strplan.html.
To ensure the fidelity of ongoing science initiatives with the strategic plan, the Department has assembled a Science Education Steering Committee (SESC) comprised of New York State science education stakeholders. The SESC will be charged with:
- Advising the Department on the implementation of the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science,
- Advising the Department on revisions to the newly drafted New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS),
- Ensuring that new NYSSLS meet the research-based standards evaluation criteria developed for the initial comparison survey to a great extent when compared to those criteria,
- Advocating for and proposing adoption of new NYSSLS to the Board of Regents, and
- Substantiating that the six critical components – Standards, Curriculum, Professional Development to Enhance Instruction, Assessment, Materials and Resource Support, and Administrative and Community Support – of the strategic plan are addressed with fidelity to a proposed phase-in timeline.
Statewide Strategic Plan for Science and Survey
A draft Statewide Strategic Plan for Science has been collaboratively developed by the New York State Education Department, members of the Science Content Advisory Panel, the Statewide Leadership Team (Science), and representatives of the NYS Science Education Consortium to guide a comprehensive approach toward improving P-12 science education statewide, while specifically addressing a mission and vision that incorporate six critical components simultaneously - Standards, Curriculum, Professional Development to Enhance Instruction, Assessment, Materials and Resource Support, and Administrative and Community Support.
During its October 2014 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents directed Department staff to post the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science for public review and comment. The Regents item related to the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science may be accessed online at http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/October2014/1014p12d1.pdf 580kb
A survey to collect feedback regarding the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/scistratplan. Please review the Statewide Strategic Plan for Science at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/docs/Strat-Plan-for-Public-Comment.pdf 116kb. The survey will be available until December 3, 2014.
Thank You for Your Feedback
The survey comparing current NYS science learning standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) against a set of specific criteria is now closed. More than 4,300 respondents started the survey. Of those individuals and groups that began the survey, more than 1,500 respondents hit the submit button to complete their comparison of both sets of standards to a set of research-based standards evaluation criteria.
The New York State Education Department thanks all those individuals and groups who started the survey and submitted feedback as their schedules allowed. You or your group may still review both sets of standards and send specific comments for the Department's consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey Posted - Comparing Current NYS Science Learning Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards to Certain Criteria
In 2010, the New York State (NYS) Board of Regents (BoR) adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics as part of their reform agenda to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.
The BoR is seeking feedback regarding how NYS should move forward with respect to P-12 science teaching and learning. A public survey will be used to collect to collect feedback from various stakeholders in science education. The survey, Comparing Current NYS Science Learning Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards to Certain Criteria, provides an opportunity to evaluate the current NYS science learning standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) against a set of specific criteria. The feedback received on this survey will be used, in part, to formulate a recommendation to the BoR regarding next steps regarding P-12 science teaching and learning.
The survey may be accessed at https://www.research.net/s/NYSEDScienceStandardsSurvey . It is currently open and will remain open until Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
Final Version of Next Generation Science Standards Released by Achieve, Inc.
The Next Generation Science Standards have been released by Achieve, Inc. The standards and various supporting documents may be accessed online at http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards.
Second Public Release of Next Generation Science Standards
The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is now available for public review and comment. Please visit http://www.nextgenscience.org for more information related to materials and procedures for providing feedback to Achieve, Inc.
Suggestions for Review and Comment on the 2nd Public Draft of NGSS
With the scheduled release of the 2nd public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards set for the first week of January 2013, it's not too early to start thinking about ways to provide valuable feedback to the Standards Writing Team of Achieve. The document was created by colleagues in Massachusetts and modified for use by interested individuals, groups, and organizations here in New York State. The suggestions included in the document may prove invaluable as science education stakeholders plan to review and comment on the 2nd public draft.
First Public Release of Next Generation Science Standards
The draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is now available for public review and comment. Please visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/first-public-draft-ngss-ready-your-review for more information related to materials and procedures for providing feedback to Achieve, Inc.
Archived Webinars - April 2012
The National Academies have archived three webinars related to the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Two of these webinars were first presented in mid-February 2012. The third was first presented in April 2012. All three include important information related to the development of the Framework and to building an understanding of what the Framework implies. The webinars may be accessed at http://vimeo.com/album/1872816 .
The final version of The Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas is now available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165 . It may be purchased in hard copy or downloaded for free by following the directions given at the National Academies Press Web site.
Statewide Leadership Team for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Development
In December 2011 and February 2012, the Statewide Leadership Team provided Achieve’s Standards Writing Teams with feedback on secure drafts of sample Next Generation Science Standards.
The December 2011 feedback was focused on:
- Utility of the architecture;
- Clarity of language with the released draft standards; and
- Progression of the draft standards toward understanding the selected core ideas.
The February 2012 feedback was focused on:
- Integration of the three dimensions within the draft standards;
- Clarity of Language within the draft standards; and
- Progression across grades or grade bands.
The current roster of the Statewide Leadership Team (22 KB ) was assembled to discuss the NGSS as they are being developed, to provide feedback to Achieve’s Standards Writing Team, and to consider the implications surrounding adoption of the NGSS in New York State.
Lead State Partner
In June 2011, Achieve commenced an application process to build a team of Lead State Partners to work closely with the standards writing team as the NGSS are being developed. In September 2011, Achieve announced that New York State, along with 19 other states, was selected as a Lead State Partner.
As a Lead State Partner, New York has agreed to:
- Give serious consideration to adopting the resulting Next Generation Science Standards as presented
- Participate in at least four Multi-State Action Committee meetings (Committee of the Chief State School Officers from each lead state partner) to discuss issues around adoption and implementation of the new standards. At least one will be done in person.
- Participate in standards development process through SEA staff time
- Make public that your state is part of the effort to draft new science standards and make transparent the state’s process for outreach/receiving feedback during the process
- Identify a state lead
- Form a broad based committee that considers issues around adoption and provides input and reactions to three to five drafts. Each state may determine the overall makeup of their committee as well as the number of individuals on the committee.
- Publicly identify timeline for adopting science standards
Next Generation Science Standards
In a process managed by Achieve , 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 Next Generation Science Standards (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. More information may be accessed at http://www.nextgenscience.org/ .
Developing the Next Generation Science Standards: A conversation with Achieve
In this October 2011 webinar, Stephen Pruitt from Achieve provided an update on the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, how science educators can be involved, and implications for science teaching and learning. More information and a link to the webinar may be accessed at
In July 2011, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences released
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas . This report is available for sale or as a free PDF from The National Academies Press.
Making the Transition to Scientific and Engineering Practices: Visiting the Potential of the Next Generation Science Standards
The presenters of this webinar delivered in October 2011 discussed 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. For more information and a link to the archived webinar please visit
A Framework for K-12 Science Education
The National Academy’s team provided an overview of the Framework for K-12 Science Education in July 2011. The team discussed background information on their design and potential implications for science standards moving forward. More information and a link to the archived webinar may be accessed at