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Next Generation Science Standards

​​The final release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has made for an exciting and historic time for science education. The standards are a positive step forward in ensuring all of California's students are prepared for success in their continued education, careers, and lives

Why Next Generation Science Standards?

It has been 15 years since California last adopted new science standards and the NGSS not only reflect the major advances in science of the last two decades, the standards also focus strongly on teaching students the practices that scientists and engineers use to apply the knowledge of science to solving real-world problems. Together with the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English language arts, the NGSS promise to deepen students' conceptual understanding, critical thinking, and communication skills. The resulting rigorous science education will allow every student to graduate from high school better prepared to successfully negotiate the rigors of college and 21st century careers.

NGSS Resources

  • Proposed NGSS for California Public Schools
    These recommendations include the proposed learning progressions for elementary (K-5), middle (6-8), and high school (9-12) science.
  • CDE Website for NGSS
    Latest information on the Conceptual Framework and on the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • A Framework for K-12 Science Education
    Released July 19, 2011, the framework provides a research-grounded basis for improving science teaching and learning across the country. It is intended to guide standards developers, curriculum designers, assessment developers, state and district science administrators, professionals responsible for science teacher education, and science educators working in informal settings.
    Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are 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 is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.