The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted by the Vermont State Board of Education in a unanimous vote at their June 25th board meeting. Vermont was one of 26 states that partnered in developing the new standards. NGSS are voluntary, internationally benchmarked, and based on the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The framework is built on the notion of learning as a developmental progression and is made up of three interconnected dimensions. The three dimensions are science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas (DCIs). The standards were designed to focus on core ideas, to deepen understanding, reflect real-world interconnections in science, and demonstrate proficiency. NGSS has established educational goals designed to give K–12 students the skills and knowledge they need to be informed citizens, college ready, and prepared for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

To learn more about the standards, examine some of the content below. 

Why do we need the NGSS?

A short video on why the NGSS are needed.

Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Content, Research and Development, at Achieve, Inc. talks about the standards.

NGSS by Topic

Explore the Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten through 5th grade. The standards are clustered by topic. When you roll your mouse over each topic the grade specific standards will drop down for viewing. Engineering opportunities are denoted by an asterisk.

NGSS Explained

Paul Anderson a long time science educator, teacher of the year and NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) featured presenter has created a series of short videos on the three dimensions of the framework that the standards are based on. The following is a link to the series:

NGSS by Topic Quick View

This document is a table of the grade levels and the topics that the standards are divided into.

NGSS by Grade Level & Topic

This document has the same information as the animated NGSS by Topic (kindergarten through 5th grade) but in a printable form. Engineering opportunities are denoted by an asterisk.

Science & Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts Focused at each grade level 

This document is a table that displays the two dimensions of A Framework for K-12 Science Education against the third. It shows the science & engineering practices and crosscutting concepts that will be focused on at each grade level for grades K–5.

What are the Science & Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and DCIs?

The science and engineering practices are the ways in which scientists and engineers approach problem solving. The crosscutting concepts are themes that are important to engineering and each science discipline. The DCIs (disciplinary core ideas) take the study of science and divide it into four topic/categories physical science, life science, Earth & space science and engineering, technology & the applications of science. These documents are lists of the three dimensions. For further information please access either the download of the framework or Paul Anderson’s video series on You Tube.

Other Links

The following are links to the complete NGSS and A Framework for K-12 Science Education (both may be downloaded for free):