District Implementation Resources

The resources featured below are designed to help school and district leaders effectively manage the transition to the NGSS. This work was made possible by generous support from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Please share feedback about your experiences with these resources by contacting ngssdistricts@achieve.org.

NGSS District Implementation Indicators

The NGSS District Implementation Indicators document provides some key common indicators of successful NGSS implementation at the district level, as well as some concrete actions that districts can take to achieve implementation goals. 

NGSS District Implementation Workbook 

The NGSS District Implementation Workbook provides an overview of the issues and challenges associated with NGSS implementation and outlines some key questions, timelines, decisions, and considerations for district leaders.

Lessons Learned from the California NGSS Early Implementer Districts

The California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative is a project with the goal of building local education agency (LEA) capacity to fully implement the NGSS. Eight (8) traditional school districts and two (2) charter management organizations were selected to participate in the initiative, becoming the first districts in California to implement the new science standards.

To more closely examine some early successes and challenges experienced by the Early Implementer LEAs, Achieve interviewed nine of the ten districts and compiled that information into two distinct resources, focusing primarily on professional learning and instructional materials.