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Introduction to NGSS

<p><strong>Fig. 2.1.</strong> The development of the Next Generation Science Standards was led by the states.</p>

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) combine three dimensions: practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. These dimensions are combined in performance expectations.

 

The Next Generation Science Standards are based on the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education. The framework was developed by scientists, science education researchers, and experts on standards and education policy. , The dimensions of practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas are laid out and described in the framework.

 

Based on the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education, a consortium of states led the development of the NGSS with the help of Achieve, a nonprofit education reform organization. The developers of the NGSS worked to integrate the practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas into performance expectations. The performance expectations were developed collaboratively by multiple stakeholders. Advisory committees helped to review and guide the development process. Public input was also solicited through the release of two public drafts. The final draft was released in April 2013 and comprises a set of K–12 standards available for state adoption.

 

*The words "Next Generation Science Standards" are a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

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