A Complete NGSS Standard

A Complete NGSS Standard

What does one complete standard look like?

The Next Generation Science Standards have a unique architecture due to the multiple components that are included in a standard. The aspects include: performance expectations, the scientific and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, cross cutting concepts, connection across the standards, connections through the grades vertically in the science standards and connections to the Common Core State Standards. All of these components can be seen in figure 1 below as one complete NGSS standard.

Figure 1: NGSS Middle School Physical Science Standard
Figure 1: NGSS Middle School Physical Science Standard

The top box is the Performance Expectations of what a student should know and be able to do. The NGSS has three foundational ideas to a standard and those are found in the center boxes including; the Scientific and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross Cutting Concepts. They each have a different colored box. At the bottom  there are series of Connection boxes which identify the links for this standard to other standards/ideas within the same grade level, and across the grade levels (K-12), and with the Common Core State Standards for literacy and mathematics.

This web site examines each section; Performance Expectations, the Scientific and Engineering Practices, Core Ideas, and the Cross Cutting Concepts and the Connection boxes, more closely.

The NGSS web site also has an explanation of the architecture and it can be found here: NGSS web site.

What other resources could be available for my state? There are a number of initiatives that are designed to support teachers with the implementation of the NGSS.

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