Topical Arrangements of Standards

You can also view DCI arrangements of standards or search for individual performance expectations.

Download a PDF of all performance expectations grouped by topic, scroll down to view the full table of standards, or select criteria below to search for individual topic groupings. You can Ctrl+click (cmd+click on Macs) to select or de-select multiple criteria. Note that adding criteria from both categories narrows your results.

This arrangement of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is similar to earlier iterations of the standards. At the beginning of the process, in order to eliminate potential redundancy, seek an appropriate grain size, and seek natural connections among the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) identified within the Framework for K-12 Science Education, the writers arranged the DCIs into topics around which to develop the standards. This structure provided the original basis of the standards and has continued through the process.

However, in response to the previous public feedback and direction of the Lead State Partners, the coding structure of individual performance expectations is based on the same DCI arrangement as the Framework. The topic names have been retained in order to allow easy comparisons.

Since many states prefer the topical arrangement, and because the writers want to be transparent about changes made from draft to draft, this topic view is offered to those who prefer to view the NGSS in this form. Due to the fact that the NGSS progress toward end-of-high school core ideas, individual performance expectations may be rearranged in any order within a grade band.

Performance Expectations by Topic

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Elementary       K-5 Storylines:  K-2  3-5

K.IRE Relationships in Ecosystems

K.SPM Structure and Properties of Matter

K.WC Weather and Climate

1.SFIP Structure, Function and Information Processing

1.W Waves: Light and Sound

1.SS Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

2.ESS Earth's Surface Systems

2.SPM Structure and Properties of Matter

2.IRE Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

2.FI Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls

3.WC Weather and Climate

3.IRE Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

3.SFIP Structure, Function, and Information Processing

3.FI Forces and Interactions

4.IVT Inheritance and Variation of Traits

4.ESS Earth's Surface Systems

4.E Energy

4.W Waves

5.SPM Structure and Properties of Matter

5.MEOE Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

5.ESS Earth's Surface Systems

5.SS Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System

LS: Life Sciences

Middle School

High School

MS.SFIP Structure, Function, and Information Processing

MS.GDRO Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms

MS.MEOE Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

MS.IRE Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

MS.NSA Natural Selection and Adaptations

HS.SFIP Structure, Function, and Information Processing

HS.MEOE Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

HS.IRE Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

HS.IVT Inheritance and Variation of Traits

HS.NSE Natural Selection and Evolution

ESS: Earth and Space Sciences

Middle School

High School

MS.SS Space Systems

MS.HE History of Earth

MS.EIS Earth's Interior Systems

MS.ESS Earth's Surface Systems

MS.WC Weather and Climate

MS.HI Human Impacts

HS.SS Space Systems

HS.HE History of Earth

HS.ES Earth's Systems

HS.WC Weather and Climate

HS.HS Human Sustainability

PS: Physical Sciences

Middle School

High School

MS.SPM Structure and Properties of Matter

MS.CR Chemical Reactions

MS.FI Forces and Interactions

MS.E Energy

MS.WER Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

 

HS.SPM Structure and Properties of Matter

HS.CR Chemical Reactions

HS.FI Forces and Interactions

HS.E Energy

HS.WER Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

ETS: Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science [Note: All performance expectations below are also found in other topics.]

Middle School

High School

MS.ED Engineering Design

HS.ED Engineering Design

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