Next Generation Science Standards

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A joint effort between the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve has created the foundation for all students to have a solid K-12 science education.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K-12 science standards created through a collaborative, state-led process. 26 Lead Partner States provided leadership to the standards writing teams. These lead state partners continue to provide guidance to states as they consider adoption of the NGSS.


The standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which was developed by the National Research Council, the staffing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and released in July 2011. The vision laid out in the Framework identifies what students need to know and be able to do to be a functional citizen, which includes being scientifically literate and an effective member of the U.S. workforce. Visit the NGSS Website.