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Not since the 2011 release of A Framework for K-12 Science Education has a document held such promise and significance for the science education community as do the Next Generation Science Standards.
Science—and, therefore, science education—is central to the lives of all Americans. Never before has our world been so complex and science knowledge so critical to making sense of it all. When tracking current events, choosing and using technology, or making informed decisions about one’s healthcare, science understanding is key. Science is also at the heart of the United States’ ability to innovate, lead, and create the jobs of the future. All students—whether they become chefs, artists, doctors, or PhD researchers—must have a solid K–12 science education.
For ease of use, the NGSS have been packaged as a two-volume set. The first (400 pages) includes the standards themselves—with a handy spiral binding—while the second (200 pages) contains the appendixes in paperback form.
“Through a collaborative, state-led process, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The Next Generation Science Standards are based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.” —From the Executive Summary of the Next Generation Science Standards
Appendices to the NGSS:
A. Conceptual Shifts
B. Responses to May Public Feedback
C. College and Career Readiness
D. All Standards, All Students
E. Disciplinary Core Idea Progressions
F. Science and Engineering Practices
G. Crosscutting Concepts
H. Nature of Science
I. Engineering Design in the NGSS
J. Science, Technology, Society, and the Environment
K. Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School
L. Connections to CCSS-Mathematics
M. Connections to CCSS-ELA Literacy
Commonly Used Abbreviations
Why Standards Matter
Public Attitudes Toward Science Standards
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