Next Generation Science Standards
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