NGSS Adoption and Implementation Workbook

Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Adoption and Implementation Workbook for all states. The tool contains guidance, exercises, and templates for teams to use as they work through the critical steps for adoption and implementation of the NGSS. It also includes a diagnostic tool to help assess readiness to implement each step. Regardless of your state's timeline, the workbook offers state and district leaders the means to plan for NGSS adoption and then drive successful implementation.

Download the full Next Generation Science Standards Adoption and Implementation Workbook in PDF format here.



Chapter 1: Designate a Strategic Leadership Team, Review Your Capacity for Adoption and Implementation, and Create a Timeline for Adoption and Preliminary Implementation

  • EXERCISE 1: Designate Your Strategic Leadership Team
  • EXERCISE 2: Review Capacity To Adopt and Implement the NGSS
  • EXERCISE 3: Establish Your Adoption and Preliminary Implementation Timeline

Chapter 2: Define Your Aspiration

  • EXERCISE 4: Articulate Your NGSS Vision
  • EXERCISE 5: Determine the Biggest NGSS Shifts for Your State

Chapter 3: Evaluate Past and Present Performance

  • EXERCISE 6: Identify Measures of Science Performance
  • EXERCISE 7: Identify Performance Patterns and Root Causes of Science Performance
  • EXERCISE 8: Use Performance Patterns and Root Causes To Identify Implications for NGSS Adoption and/or Implementation Planning

Chapter 4: Determine the State’s Role and Approach to Implementation

  • EXERCISE 9: Define Your State’s Role
  • EXERCISE 10: Brainstorm and Define Potential Strategies
  • EXERCISE 11: Prioritize Potential Strategies According to Impact and Difficulty
  • EXERCISE 12: Draw a Delivery Chain for One or More Strategies
  • EXERCISE 13: Identify and Address Potential Weaknesses in Your Delivery Chain
  • EXERCISE 14: Define Feedback Loops for Your Strategies

Chapter 5: Set Targets and Trajectories

  • EXERCISE 15: Determine a Metric and Target for Each Goal
  • EXERCISE 16: Evaluate the Expected Impact of Strategies on Established Goals
  • EXERCISE 17: Establish a Baseline for Performance
  • EXERCISE 18: Classify Your Strategies as Having a High, Medium or Low Impact Over Time
  • EXERCISE 19: Use the Projected Impacts of Strategies To Map Your Trajectory

Chapter 6: Develop a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

Chapter 7: Establish Routines and Solve Problems

  • EXERCISE 24: Reflect on the Quality of Existing Routines
  • EXERCISE 25: Define the Data Used for Measuring Progress
  • EXERCISE 26: Use the Assessment Framework To Make a Judgment on the Likelihood of Success for a Given Strategy or Goal
  • EXERCISE 27: Develop an Agenda for a Routine

Glossary of NGSS Workbook Terms