For States

The following resources may be helpful to state education leaders.

The Framework provides the foundation for the NGSS, and draws on current scientific research—including research on the ways students learn science effectively—and identifies the science all K–12 students should know.

The Accelerated Model Course Pathways document offers guidance to schools and districts seeking to organize NGSS performance expectations into a compressed time frame.

This professional learning resource provides a series of 10 modules designed to guide and support leaders to provide professional learning that builds the capacity of educators and education leaders to use the EQuIP Rubric for Science, Version 3.0. 

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. It can also serve as the focus of professional learning, helping educators deepen their understanding of the NGSS.

NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These are statements of observable and measureable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.

A document from the National Research Council that provides recommendations for implementing the NGSS in states, districts, and classrooms.

This provides an overview on how to read the standards.

This infographic shows the Implications of the Vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.


This infographic shows that we've made major advances in science and technology and gained a better understanding of how students learn these subjects since last major standards revisions in the 90s.

The Rhode Island/Delaware Instructional Materials Collaborative Brief provides an overview of an interstate collaboration to transition instructional materials toward alignment with the NGSS.