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About the NGSS


Overview Videos:   Why NGSS?  /  NGSS: A New Vision  /  CCCs  /  Practices  /  DCIs / 

Classroom Videos:   Elementary  /  Secondary / Strategy: Beginning NGSS Transitions  /  Strategy: Student Collaboration / EQuIP for Science

NGSS Fact Sheet:   PDF

Infographics:   New Vision for Science Education  /  Need for New Science Standards

Implementation Tools and Resources


The NGSS Network States and Partners support the creation of resources to help educators and administrators as they plan and develop systems of implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. See below for links to download these materials. These resources are generally provided under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Under this license, with proper attribution, educators may use or adapt materials. See specific resources for any exceptions for licensing. Also note that these resources are intended as drafts that will continually be improved as the NGSS Network receives feedback on their effectiveness.


Accelerated Model Course Pathways 
The Accelerated Model Course Pathways document offers guidance to schools and districts seeking to organize NGSS performance expectations into a compressed time frame. The Accelerated Model Course Pathways are designed for high-achieving students who want or need to pursue advanced level science courses earlier in high school, and at a more rapid pace.

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science: (Fillable PDF) (Word) (List of Rubric Changes)
The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) review existing lessons and units to determine what revisions are needed; (2) provide constructive criterion-based feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers; (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states; and (4) to inform the development of new lessons and units. 

NGSS EQuIP Professional Learning Facilitator’s Guide: (View and Download the Facilitator's Guide)
The NGSS EQuIP Professional Learning Facilitator’s Guide is a series of 10 modules that were designed to provide guidance on building the capacity of educators and education leaders to use the EQuIP Rubric for Science. Completing this professional learning will provide science educators and education leaders with the processes and procedures necessary to use the EQuIP Rubric to review science lessons and units, to provide effective feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers and users of these instructional materials, to identify model or exemplar lessons and units, and to inform the development of new instructional materials.

State Science Education Standards Comparison Tool: (Fillable PDF) (Word)
The Science Science Education Standards Comparison Tool supports administrators in comparing the differences, both in purpose and structure, between different sets of standards.

Classroom Sample Tasks: (Introduction and Overview) (View and Download Tasks Here)  
The Classroom Sample Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across the disciplines have collaborated to write sample tasks, which are the result of a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics for classroom use.

NGSS Evidence Statements: (Executive Summary) (Introduction and Overview) (Grades K-5) (Grades 6-8) (Grades 9-12)
NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements are statements of observable and measureable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.

Rhode Island / Delaware Instructional Materials Collaborative
The Rhode Island / Delaware Instructional Materials Collaborative Brief provides an overview of an interstate collaboration to transition instructional materials toward alignment with the NGSS. Intended for those who are interested in learning more about this collaboration or intending to replicate ideas from it, the brief explains how the collaborative was formed, how the teams worked together, and lessons learned during the first year of this partnership.

Strategy Book: NGSS For All Students
It’s challenging to teach science well to all students while connecting your lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This unique book portrays real teaching scenarios written by the teachers on the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. The seven authentic case studies vividly illustrate research- and standards-based classroom strategies you can use to engage seven diverse demographic groups.

Resources coming soon:

Publishers' Criteria: Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for Alignment (PEEC-Alignment)  (draft available)
PEEC-Alignment will help developers and reviewers of instructional materials answer the question "do the materials contain or exhibit the essential features of a program aligned to the NGSS innovations?", and works together with the EQuIP rubric by providing criteria for full curriculum programs and textbooks. PEEC-Alignment is available for public review through July 1.

NGSS Model Content Frameworks - coming soon
To support educators and those developing curricula and instructional materials, the NGSS Model Content Frameworks will illustrate examples of how the NGSS could be organized over the course of the school year and across grade levels.

STEM Works - coming soon
This series of multimedia materials will provide case studies drawn from leading industries nationwide to illustrate the science knowledge and skills needed for jobs in STEM fields. The series will underscore the value of a rigorous science education for all students, regardless of their path after high school.

State of Science Education Research - coming soon
The State of Science Education Research will present key findings on current state graduation requirements, course taking patterns, post-secondary institutions' course requirements for general entry and  for entry into STEM-specific programs, and national job prospects in STEM fields. This research is designed to help inform and guide discussions about science education in the states.

NGSS Data Portal - coming soon
The NGSS data portal will let users search and view the NGSS to meet their individual needs for display on computers and mobile devices. This flexible resource will eventually allow users to tag and share resources.

Alignment Institutes - coming soon
Alignment Institutes will provide opportunities for K-12 and postsecondary educators to review the NGSS and discuss ideas for ensuring that the knowledge and skills learned in high school science courses will adequately prepare students for success in postsecondary education and careers.