Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, High School

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, High School

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The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, High School

By Ted Willard. $14.95. 115 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2015. ISBN: 9781941316139

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a formidable document that encompasses eight practices associated with engaging in scientific endeavors; seven crosscutting concepts in different disciplinary domains; and disciplinary core ideas grouped into physical sciences; life sciences; Earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology, and applications of science. The standards document is overwhelming to many experienced educators and could be even more so for a new teacher.

For this reason, NSTA Press has published four quick-reference guides to the NGSS. Three follow the grade grouping of the original standards: elementary grades K-5; middle school grades 6-8; and high school grades 9-12. The fourth is an overview of the complete K-12 framework. Each guide is laid out in a similar manner. The first chapter describes the basics of NGSS. The second shows progressions from K-12, no matter which volume you are looking at. The next chapter or chapters focus on the grades each volume addresses.

The first page of chapter one of each volume provides a three-column chart that describes what is assessed, the foundation box, and the connection box. The next page has the feature called "Inside the NGSS Box." This one page provides information about what is assessed, where and what the foundation box is, and how to tackle the connection box. This page contains arrows that point to words in the chart such as performance expectations, clarification statements, and assessment boundaries and end in definitions for these terms along the margins of the chart. …

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