Ch 1: National Science Standards Information

About This Chapter

Science teachers in the United States should be aware of national science education standards. Included in this chapter are helpful resources that cover information on national science standards that teachers need to know.

National Science Standards Information - Chapter Summary

The resources included in this chapter provide science educators with vital information on the Next Generation Science Standards in the United States. These resources go over relevant topics such as:

  • Next Generation Science Standards for content areas including STEM, engineering, life sciences, and family and consumer sciences
  • Science standards for elementary, middle and high school
  • Differences between NGSS and CCSS
  • NGSS assessments and rubrics

These resources provide comprehensive and up-to-date overviews of each of the major guidelines that science educators will need. The chapter contains overviews of key information pertaining to the standards, as well as links to science lessons that can be incorporated into your curriculum to help teach these standards.

How It Helps

  • Explains guidelines: These resources go over all relevant science education guidelines clearly and comprehensively, so all potential science educators can gain the information they need to help students achieve these educational goals.
  • Differentiates grade levels: By explaining the different national science standards for different grade levels, these lesson will provide teachers with a the information they need to develop grade-specific curriculum.
  • Explains differences: Given the different guidelines at the national level, these resources provide information on the specific differences between separate guidelines, so teachers will be prepared for each guideline they may need to use.

Skills Covered

With the help of this chapter, teachers will be able to:

  • Understand NGSS performance expectations
  • Differentiate between NGSS and CCSS
  • Develop NGSS-compliant science lesson plans at different grade levels
  • Detail NGSS case studies
  • Implement assessment rubrics for NGSS standards
  • Share NGSS standards for STEM, life science, family science, engineering, and consumer science

16 Lessons in Chapter 1: National Science Standards Information
NGSS Science & Engineering Practices

1. NGSS Science & Engineering Practices

The Next Generation Science Standards highlight the importance of science and engineering practices for all grades. Read on to learn about these practices and why they are critical to science education.

The NGSS Case Studies

2. The NGSS Case Studies

NGSS case studies explore how educators make science accessible to diverse groups of students. Read on to learn about these case studies and what educators will learn from them to assist in the implementation of NGSS.

NGSS Life Science for Middle School

3. NGSS Life Science for Middle School

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for middle school aim to educate students about core life science topics and improve their understanding of the concepts that apply to all scientific disciplines. Read on for details about these middle school standards for life science.

Next Generation Science Standards Appendix F

4. Next Generation Science Standards Appendix F

Appendix F of the Next Generation Science Standards describes the science and engineering practices students should learn from kindergarten through high school. Read on to learn about these practices and why they are important.

Next Generation Science Standards for Middle School

5. Next Generation Science Standards for Middle School

The Next Generation Science Standards for middle school refine and improve the skills and knowledge acquired during elementary school. Read on to learn about the expectations and objectives for middle school students.

STEM & Next Generation Science Standards

6. STEM & Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) underscore the importance of STEM education by emphasizing many of the skills students need to succeed in the STEM fields. Read on to learn how the NGSS support the STEM initiative.

CCSS Science Standards for Kindergarten

7. CCSS Science Standards for Kindergarten

Though Common Core does not outline specific standards for kindergarten science instruction, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provides a detailed plan of study that covers multiple topics.

NGSS Assessment Boundaries & Rubric

8. NGSS Assessment Boundaries & Rubric

As states forge ahead in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, the question of assessment becomes increasingly important. Read on to learn about the recommended NGSS assessment boundaries and current rubric for NGSS lessons.

National Science Standards for High School

9. National Science Standards for High School

The National Science Education Standards were replaced with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013. You can learn about the Next Generation Science Standards for high school with this article. You'll also find out about some engaging resources that can make learning and studying fun for students.

National Science Standards for Middle School

10. National Science Standards for Middle School

Learn about the national science standards for middle school classrooms. Get information about the content middle school students will learn in class and become familiar with resources that can help them review science concepts.

National Science Standards for Elementary School

11. National Science Standards for Elementary School

In 2013, the National Science Education Standards were replaced by the Next Generation Science Standards for all grade levels. Find out what standards are used for elementary school now. You'll also find some helpful learning resources that can be used by both teachers and students.

What Are the NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts?

12. What Are the NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts?

Crosscutting concepts play a critical role in the Next Generation Science Standards. Below, you'll learn what those concepts are, how they are applied, and why they are incorporated into the standards.

What Are the NGSS Performance Expectations?

13. What Are the NGSS Performance Expectations?

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations detail what students should learn in their science classes throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Read on to explore these expectations, what they comprise, and how they are being implemented across the country.

What Is The Difference Between NGSS & CCSS?

14. What Is The Difference Between NGSS & CCSS?

Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards share the same goal of setting educational standards for American students, but there are key differences between the two. Read on to learn more about both sets of standards.

Next Generation Science Standards for Kindergarten

15. Next Generation Science Standards for Kindergarten

Next Generation Science Standards include scientific knowledge and skills children should learn in kindergarten. Read on to learn how the standards are applied for this age group.

The National Standards for Family & Consumer Sciences

16. The National Standards for Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences is a broad area that covers a variety of crucial skills related family life and various careers. Learn more about the national standards that guide this curriculum and find additional resources to help you learn about these subject areas.

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