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

Click on a topic to view associated performance expectations.

Elementary   (K–5)

Storylines:   K–2   3–5        PDFs:  K   1   2   3   4   5

K. Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls

K. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment

K. Weather and Climate

1. Waves: Light and Sound

1. Structure, Function and Information Processing

1. Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

2. Structure and Properties of Matter

2. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

2. Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

K-2. Engineering Design

3. Forces and Interactions

3. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

3. Inheritance and Variation of Traits

3. Weather and Climate

4. Energy

4. Waves

4. Structure, Function, and Information Processing

4. Earth's Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

5. Structure and Properties of Matter

5. Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

5. Earth's Systems

5. Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System

3-5. Engineering Design

PS: Physical Sciences

Middle School (6–8)     Storyline     PDF

High School (9–12)     Storyline     PDF

MS. Structure and Properties of Matter

MS. Chemical Reactions

MS. Forces and Interactions

MS. Energy

MS. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

HS. Structure and Properties of Matter

HS. Chemical Reactions

HS. Forces and Interactions

HS. Energy

HS. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

LS: Life Sciences

Middle School (6–8)     Storyline     PDF

High School (9–12)     Storyline     PDF

MS. Structure, Function, and Information Processing

MS. Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

MS. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

MS. Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms

MS. Natural Selection and Adaptations

HS. Structure and Function

HS. Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

HS. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

HS. Inheritance and Variation of Traits

HS. Natural Selection and Evolution

ESS: Earth and Space Sciences

Middle School (6–8)     Storyline     PDF

High School (9–12)     Storyline     PDF

MS. Space Systems

MS. History of Earth

MS. Earth's Systems

MS. Weather and Climate

MS. Human Impacts

HS. Space Systems

HS. History of Earth

HS. Earth's Systems

HS. Weather and Climate

HS. Human Sustainability

ETS: Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science

Middle School (6–8)    Storyline     PDF

High School (9–12)     Storyline     PDF

MS. Engineering Design

HS. Engineering Design