Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards are the most recent standards adoption by our state. These new K-12 standards are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The framework is designed to help realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields.
These standards do not define what curriculum local students will use. School districts will have the responsibility to provide more detailed guidance to classroom teachers. They will have the opportunity to fill in specific content to help students learn the key ideas in physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering, technology and science application.
We currently have a team of elementary staff evaluating possible curriculum that will meet the Next Generation Science Standards, engage our students in learning, and support our teachers as they prepare students for college,career, and citizenship. Knowing that our fifth grade students will be assessed on the new standards during the 2017-18 school year, the goal is to roll out the curriculum to our fourth and fifth grade classes starting in the Fall of 2017 followed by the kindergarten through third grades in the Fall of 2018.
Listen to what science education professionals around in the United States, including Washington, are saying about the Next Generation Science Standards.Click on the link to watch "Why NGSS" video by Achieve.