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Next Generation Science Standards Update

May 2013 NGSS Presentation by Stephen Pruitt to the State Board of Education.

Building on the Past; Preparing for the Future

Phase I:

1990’s – National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy

1990’s to 2009 – Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8; America’s Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science; and Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits

January 2010 to July 2011 – A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

Phase II:

July 2011 to April 2013 – Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States

January Feedback

Response to Feedback

What’s Different About the Next Generation Science Standards?

Bruce Alberts

“With regard to the Next Generation Science Standards, I am pleased the writers are resisting the urge to pack more content into the standards than teachers can possibly teach or students can learn in any school year…”

“A focus on these practices, rather than on content alone, leads to a deep, sustained learning of the skills needed to be a successful adult, regardless of career choice.”

Three Dimensions Intertwined: Practices, Core Ideas, & Cross-Cutting Concepts

Jim Gates

“The Next Generation Science Standards are a huge step forward due to their unusual provenance. These standards have had the input from actual workingscientists from their earliest phases of development. So the rigor and content of the NGSS are reflective of a scientific perspective.”

Weaving Practices with Content – Not Just the NGSS

How do we know this approach works?

Box 4-1 Intertwined Strands of Proficiency

Goals of Laboratory Experiences based on ALR Findings

Currently, research indicates significant numbers of students do not have quality opportunities to engage in science and engineering practices

Jonathan Osborne

“The Next Generation Science Standards represent the a quantum leap in our idea of what it means to teach science. By placing an emphasis on the teaching of practice and content, they offer a better conception of what matters in science and what is worth learning. This is an exciting vision which should be challenging, rigorous and engaging for students.”

“In addition, it is a much better match with the new OECD PISA framework for science assessment in 2015 which has focus on assessing student competency to explain science, design and evaluate scientific inquiry and analyses and interpret data.”

Supporting Materials

Appendices have been added to support the NGSS and in response to feedback

Review and Support for NGSS

NRC Fidelity Review

California Headquartered Business Support

Businesses with Significant California Presence

Next Steps

Future Support for NGSS


Thank You!

Contact Information

Stephen Pruitt, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Achieve

Questions: Stacey Shorey | | 916-323-5505 
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