Science Standards and Resources

Overview

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

Nov. 4, 2015 - The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted by unanimous vote of the Connecticut State Board of Education.

5-Year NGSS Implementation Plan for transitioning curriculum, instruction and assessments

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.
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.
  • 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 measureable 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).
Connecticut NGSS Stakeholder Engagement Webinars

State Science Standards, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Publications

Standards
Instructional Resources

Science Safety

Assessment
Professional Development and Recognition
Professional Organizations