News and Press Releases

State Science Education Standards Comparison Tool

The State Science Education Standards Comparison Tool was released today. This tool can assist states and districts that are considering revision or adoption of science standards by guiding them through a series of questions comparing two sets of standards.

Teaching Science to Higher Standards

More than 11,000 teachers met in Boston, April 3 through 6, for the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) 2014 conference on science education. The NSTA used the convention to introduce a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Hub resource center for teachers. Read more.

EQuIP Rubric for Science Released

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science was released today. The Rubric provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

NGSS Network Convenes First Leadership Meeting

On Feb. 18-19, the NGSS Network held the first NGSS Annual Leadership Meeting for State Teams and National Partners in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 140 education, policy and business leaders gathered to discuss promising practices and develop plans for implementation of the NGSS in their states. Presentations and other resources from the meeting are available here

The National Research Council’s Fidelity Review of the Next Generation Science Standards – Q & A with the Board on Science Education

We sat down with Heidi Schweingruber, the deputy director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council (NRC), to discuss the role of the NRC’s fidelity review of the NGSS and the process involved.

Q: Please explain the relationship between A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Nevada Officially Adopts the NGSS; Illinois Poised to Follow

Feb. 27—Nevada has officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With yesterday’s unanimous vote, the state board of education made Nevada the tenth NGSS adopter.

Nevada joins California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.  Illinois also recently made a move toward adopting the standards. The state board of education unanimously approved the NGSS in January. Official adoption is pending legislative review.

Upcoming NGSS Resources

NGSS Evidence Statements will provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. Model content frameworks will build on these statements and offer further clarity on implementing the NGSS in the classroom. Early 2014

EQuIP NGSS Rubric in Development

In October 2013, Achieve convened educators, administrators and science education experts from six states to help continue the development of the EQuIP Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Rubric.

New science standards may help narrow skills gap

By Patricia Daddona, Providence Business News Staff Writer

Providence, RI—November 25, 2013—Educators from the R.I. Department of Education recently completed a “road show” on what next-generation science standards will look like in the classroom when they are implemented over the next three years.

The information sessions, which began Oct. 1 and ended earlier this month, weren’t heavily attended but are part of a long-term plan to get the word out before curriculums are revamped by the 2016-17 academic year.

Toward the Integration of the NGSS and Common Core in the Classroom

  • Observe how animals build bridges and use those observations to design a solution to avoiding puddles at school.
  • Develop models to explain how plants communicate via chemical cues.
  • Mathematically describe the structure of radio waves that could allow cars to communicate to prevent crashes.

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