Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A Look at the Next Generation Science Standards

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A Look at the Next Generation Science Standards

Article excerpt

The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is expected later this spring. Once it is released, educators across the country will need to carefully study the standards as plans are made for adoption and implementation. The following text and diagram provide an overview on the architecture of the standards.

Overall architecture

NGSS differs from prior science standards in that they integrate three dimensions (science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) into a single performance expectation and have intentional connections between performance expectations. The system architecture of NGSS highlights the performance expectations as well as each of the three integral dimensions and connections to other grade bands and subjects. The architecture involves a table with three main sections.

What is assessed (performance expectations)

A performance expectation describes what students should be able to do at the end of instruction and incorporates a practice, a disciplinary core idea, and a cross-cutting concept from the foundation box. Performance expectations are intended to guide the development of assessments. Groupings of performance expectations do not imply a preferred ordering for instruction--nor should all performance expectations under one topic necessarily be taught in one course. This section also contains Assessment Boundary Statements and Clarification Statements that are meant to render additional support and clarity to the performance expectations.

Foundation box

The foundation box contains the learning goals that students should achieve. It is critical that science educators consider the foundation box an essential component when reading the NGSS and developing curricula. …

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