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Science Standards and Resources


A foundation in scientific literacy prepares students to be confident and capable lifelong learners who are equipped with the skills needed to access, understand, evaluate and apply information in various contexts. Regardless of their academic standing, all students should have access to a rich and challenging science curriculum that will promote scientific literacy, while inspiring and supporting advanced study and science-related careers.

Next Generation Science Standards

NGSS Professional Development
  • Next Generation Science-CT: an introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a broad overview of the changes to science teaching and learning envisioned in the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012). No-cost; web-based; self-paced; 15 modules offer 16 to 60 hours of structured professional learning for groups of educators.
  • Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX): a web-based, expert-led experience of a “3-Dimensional” culture of science learning, where learners use science “practices” (specifically modeling and arguing with evidence) and “crosscutting concepts” to co-construct scientific explanations of real-world phenomena. Expert-facilitated; tuition fee; 30-36 hours of seminar-style learning for groups of teachers.
  • Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) PD/PL Opportunities:  by Connecticut state statute, DEEP addresses climate change and environmental education as part of their educational/educator series. DEEP has a variety of educational facilities throughout Connecticut.  The following locations offer educational programs and exhibits that include climate change topics: Kellogg Environmental Center, Goodwin Conservation Center, Sessions Woods Conservation Center, Meigs Point Nature Center. Educator workshops are available for all CT educators to attend.  National educational resource materials, local supplemental materials, resource contacts, and classroom support are provided as needed. Full workshops are structured for five-hour time periods with arrangements being available for shorter sessions. Full list of DEEP resources.
Connecticut NGSS Webinars

Science Education in CT: Two Districts Successes During the Pandemic


Cov-Ed - Learning Goes Viral


NGSS Environmental Resources

A webinar that reviews the State of Connecticut legislative statutes regarding the teaching of Environmental Education. This also a summary of some of the free educational resources Connecticut teachers might use in the their classrooms throughout the state to support the teaching of climate change.


Using the NGSS Interim Assessments in the Classroom  #1 Overview

The intent of this CSDE webinar is to introduce the idea that viewers can look at different ways to use the NGSS Interim Assessments.  The following is a beginning look at some ideas about using either the science interim items, or the results of the NGSS Interim Assessment blocks in a variety of ways other than the traditional – “give the test, get the scores."


NGSS: Evaluating Instructional Materials

Ron Michaels, K-12 Science Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education, and Rachael Manzer, STEM Coach for the Winchester Public Schools and part of Achieve’s Peer Review Panel, discuss resources that classroom teachers and science staff might use to evaluate NGSS instructional and assessment materials.


Classroom-Level Assessments Resources Supportive of Implementation of the NGSS

This introductory webinar focuses on classroom-level assessment resources supportive of the implementation of NGSS. These are typically referred to as “formative” assessments. Science teachers who are using NGSS in their classrooms, are always looking for creative, and imaginative ways to gauge their student’s level of understanding. This webinar will help viewers understand the process to develop these tools.

NGSS Resources
  • CT NGSS Parent Toolkit is a short document that will guide parents to better understand the shifts in science education demanded by the NGSS. It includes many useful links to resources that will help parents identify the various components of an exemplary science program.
  • CT NGSS Toolkit for Local School Boards is a brief document that will guide school board members to better understand the shifts in science education demanded by the NGSS. It includes many useful links to resources that will help school boards identify the myriad components of an exemplary science program.
  • CSDE NGSS Walk-thru Observation Checklist/Comment Form
  • CSDE NGSS Webinar Series - short NGSS webinars on a variety of topics can be found on the CSDE YouTube page.
  • NGSS Content Crosswalk Report shows content similarities and differences between NGSS and Connecticut's 2004 science standards.
  • STEM Practice Briefs - Brief essays, each focused on a specific issue, authored and reviewed by teachers and researchers. Each Practice Brief leverages practitioners’ expertise and research findings to support the teaching and learning transformations called for in the NGSS.
  • Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching - Strategies and tools for designing learning experiences that engage all students in meaningful forms of science learning.
  • Classroom Sample Tasks: (Introduction and Overview) (View and Download Tasks)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.
  • 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 measurable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.
  • National Science Teachers Association NGSS Resources - web seminars, articles from peer-reviewed journals, NSTA Press books, short courses and face-to-face conference lectures and workshops, all designed to build an understanding of the NRC Framework and NGSS.
  • NSTA Archived Webinars - NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
  • NGSS Appendices - 13 essays detailing elements of the NGSS based upon the recommendations in the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012).
  • EQuIP Rubric for Evaluation NGSS Quality of Science Lessons and Units - 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 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES: The CSDE has compiled resources to assist schools in developing climate change instruction consistent with the NGSS.

State Science Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Publications

Instructional Resources

Science Safety

Professional Organizations