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

State Science Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Publications

Instructional Resources

Science Safety

Professional Organizations