Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2015 – Achieve and Teaching Channel are pleased to announce the launch of four videos that provide an overview of key innovations in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The videos are intended to provide educators with a deeper understanding of the benefits of the NGSS, specifically the three-dimensional learning that the standards provide to students. Video topics are as follows:
- Next Generation Science Standards: A Vision for K-12 Science Education
- Science and Engineering Practices
- Crosscutting Concepts
- Disciplinary Core Ideas
“These videos offer an in-depth look at each of the three dimensions of the NGSS,” said Stephen Pruitt, Senior Vice President for Science at Achieve. “It is our hope that educators, parents, and policymakers can gain through these videos a better understanding of exactly what we mean by three-dimensional learning in the NGSS and why the concept is so transformative for K-12 science education.”
“We are deeply invested in helping educators improve classroom instruction to raise student achievement,” said Erika Nielsen Andrew, Chief Academic Officer of the Teaching Channel. “It’s exciting to know that these videos will be valuable to school and district leaders as they communicate about the NGSS and collaborate to provide teachers with aligned instructional materials and meaningful professional development opportunities.”
The NGSS are a set of rigorous academic standards (called Performance Expectations) in K-12 science and engineering. The standards were developed through a collaborative state-led process. Twenty-six states volunteered to work with the 40-member writing team to lead the development of the standards. State broad-based committees consisted of representatives from the K-12 education, education policy, scientific, postsecondary education, and informal science communities. Additionally, the draft standards received comments from more than 10,000 individuals during two public review periods. The final standards were released in April 2013, at which point states began reviewing and adopting them in accordance with their individual standards adoption procedures.
The four videos can be accessed below:
Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. For more information about the work of Achieve, visit www.achieve.org.
About Teaching Channel
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