Next Generation Science Standards

November 2015 Edition

The Basics of Next Generation Science Standards

A report called, The Opportunity Equation, established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) contended that the "time has come" for common standards in science. This was based on various reasons including: current science standards tended to overemphasize the facts of science and placed little emphasis on conceptual understanding as well as the idea that science standards should be fewer and clearer.

NGSS is comprised of three dimensions- core ideas, cross cutting concepts, and science/engineering practices. Each of these dimensions will be discussed individually in the links below. Please note- NGSS do not have to be implemented in K-5 curricula until 2017 but please refer to tentative schedule for implementation for further clarification.

**Information taken from Banko et al., (2013)**

Professional Development Opportunities

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Below are links to workshops around the state that you can attend to get more information on NGSS.

Liberty Science Center-

Raritan Valley Community College:

Preparing Elementary Teachers to Implement NGSS- Summer Institute or email Cheryl Zanone-

More Information-These are some great references that have an elementary focus:

Banko, W. (2013).Science for the Next Generation- Preparing for the New Standards

Brunsell, E. (2012). Integrating Engineering and Science in Your Classroom

Bybee, R (2013). NGSS for Classroom Instruction

Keeley, P. (2012). Uncovering Students Ideas in Science (great for formative assessments)