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Title: Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
Juan-Carlos Aguilar Science Program
Manager Georgia Department of Education
  • Work Taking Place
  • Tentative Implementation Plan
  • K-12 Framework for Science Education
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Work Taking Place
  • National Research Council
  • Achieve
  • Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS)
  • Building Capacity Among State Science Education
    Leaders (BCSSE)
  • State Collaborative on Assessment and Student
    Standards (SCASS)
  • Georgia

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Achieve will take the lead in developing aligned
    Science standards in partnership with states and
    key stakeholders by late 2011 or early 2012.
    These new National Science Standards will
  • Focuses on a limited number of core ideas in
    Science and Engineering both within and across
  • Based on the notion of learning progressions
  • Involves the integration of both knowledge of
    scientific explanations and the practices needed
    to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering
  • Take into consideration the knowledge and skills
    required for science literacy, college readiness,
    and for pursing further study in STEM fields
  • Provide a platform for the development of
    aligned, high quality assessments, curricula and
    instructional materials.

Lead States and NGSS Writing Team
Writing Team Only
Lead State Partner Only
Writing Team and Lead State Partner
Building Capacity Among State Science Education
Leaders (BCSSE)
  • Phase I
  • Sept 30 - Oct 1, 2011 BCSSE Framework
  • Feb 24 25, 2012 BCSSE Framework Raleigh
  • March 26, 27, 28
  • CSSS Annual Meeting Indianapolis
  • Phase II
  • Sept 28, 29, 2012
  • BCSSE Framework and Standards
  • BCSSE Winter Meeting

Phase III Spring 2013 CSSS Annual Meeting
San Antonio Spring 2013 BCSSE Regional Meetings
  • Letter to support development of the
    Implementation Teams
  • One page vision messages (customized for each
  • Contains rationale for the Framework
  • Focus on the vision for science education and
    describes the goals
  • Emphasizes the research to support the Framework
  • Describes the process that led to the Framework
    and to the Standards
  • Explains the merging of the three dimensions
  • Provides a clear rationale for why science is
    important for all students
  • Power-Points for Awareness
  • 30 minute version for briefings
  • 2 hr version for meetings
  • Professional development tools one for teachers,
    one for leadership groups
  • 2 day professional development PPT
  • Activities to engage participants in
    understanding the framework dimensions
  • Videos of what it looks like in the classroom
  • Web Site
  • Public service announcements/messages

System of Science Education
Framework for K-12 Science Education
  • Released by the National Research Council of the
    National Academies of Science July 19, 2011
  • 1st Step in developing Next Generation Science
  • Achieve will develop Standards within 18 months
  • An Evolutionary (not Revolutionary) step forward
  • Builds on Natl Science Education Standards,
    Benchmarks for Science Literacy
  • Weve learned a lot about learning and teaching
    of science
  • There have been advances in scientific knowledge

Research Shaping the Framework
  • How children learn is at the foundation of the
    research supporting the Framework.
  • The National Science Education Standards have
    provided us with a vision for science education,
    the Framework provides cohesion and clarity to
    that vision and traction for science inquiry
    through the practices
  • The role of evidence in teaching and learning
    science receives the attention it deserves as a
    cornerstone of science.
  • The Framework has a clearer reliance on the
    cognitive sciences to inform the structure of
    science standards and hence inform teaching and
    learning science.

Increasing Knowledge Base on Learning the Ideas
of Science
Reports that Shape Where We Find Ourselves Today
Framework Goals
  • The Framework is motivated in part by a growing
    national consensus around the need for greater
    coherencethat is, a sense of unityin K-12
    science education.
  • Develop students understanding of the practices
    of science and engineering, which is as important
    to understanding science as is knowledge of its
  • The Framework endeavors to move science education
    toward a more coherent vision in three ways
  • First It is built on the notion of learning as
    a developmental progression.
  • Second The expectation is that students engage
    in scientific investigations and argumentation to
    achieve deeper understanding of core science
  • Third The Framework emphasizes that learning
    science and engineering involves integration of
    the knowledge of scientific explanations (i.e.,
    content knowledge) and the practices needed to
    engage in scientific inquiry and engineering
    design. Thus, the Framework seeks to illustrate
    how knowledge and practice must be intertwined in
    designing learning experiences in K-12 science
  • Framework 1-3

Goals for Science Education
  • The Frameworks vision takes into account two
    major goals for K-12 science education
  • Educating all students in science and
  • Providing the foundational knowledge for those
    who will become the scientists, engineers,
    technologists, and technicians of the future.
  • The Framework principally concerns itself with
    the first taskwhat all students should know in
    preparation for their individual lives and for
    their roles as citizens in this technology-rich
    and scientifically complex world.
  • Framework 1-2

Goals for Science Education
  • Science Education
  • All students will
  • Understand science is not just a body of
    knowledge that reflects current understanding of
    the world it is also a set of practices used to
    establish, extend, and refine that knowledge.
    Both elementsknowledge and practiceare
  • Value and use science as a process of obtaining
    knowledge based upon observable evidence.
  • CCSS Literacy
  • All students will gain skills to
  • Communicate effectively using science language
    and reasoning.
  • Use writing as a tool for learning.
  • Use writing as a tool to communicate ideas write
    for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • CCSS Literacy Standards

Framework for K-12 Science Education Notable
Features Content
  • Addresses the Mile Wide/Inch Deep Problem
  • Fewer Big Ideas arranged as progressions of
  • Engineering, Technology and Applications of
    Science is Elevated
  • Ocean, Climate and Earth Systems Science are IN!

The New NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education
  • Dimension 1 Scientific and Engineering Practices
  • Dimension 2 Crosscutting Concepts
  • Dimension 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Dimension 1 Scientific Engineering Practices
Why Practices? The idea of science as a set of
practices has emerged from the work of
historians, philosophers, psychologists, and
sociologists over the past 60 years. This
perspective is an improvement over previous
approaches, in several ways. First - It
minimizes the tendency to reduce scientific
practices to a single set of procedures, such as
identifying and controlling variables,
classifying entities, and identifying sources of
error. This tendency overemphasizes experimental
investigation at the expense of other practices,
such as modeling, critique, and communication.
Dimension 1 Scientific Engineering Practices
Why Practices? Second - A focus on practices (in
the plural) avoids the mistaken impression that
there is one distinctive approach common to all
sciencea single scientific methodor that
uncertainty is a universal attribute of
science. Third - Attempts to develop the idea
that science should be taught through a process
of inquiry have been hampered by the lack of a
commonly accepted definition of its constituent
elements. The focus in the Framework is on
important practices, such as modeling, developing
explanations, and engaging in critique and
evaluation (argumentation), that have too often
been underemphasized in the context of science
education. Students engage in argumentation from
evidence to understand the science reasoning and
empirical evidence to support explanations.
Practices Knowledge and Skills
Dimension 1 Scientific Engineering Practices
  • The importance of developing students knowledge
    of how science and engineering achieve their ends
    while also strengthening their competency with
    related practices.
  • The term practices, instead of a term such as
    skills, to stress that engaging in scientific
    inquiry requires coordination both of knowledge
    and skills simultaneously.
  • Framework page 3-1

Practices Knowledge and Skills
Dimension 1 Scientific Engineering Practices
  • This implies that Science Practices differs from
    science inquiry.
  • Stressing the use of evidence is one of the
    significant differences.
  • The essential role of science content knowledge
    is another significant difference.
  • What are some of the potential implications for
    the changes in focus?

Framework for K-12 Science Education Dimensions
of the Framework
  • Dimension 1 Scientific and Engineering Practices
  • Inquiry and Science Processes are re-defined
    as Scientific and Engineering Practices
  • These Practices represent strategic, synergistic
    integration with ELA CCSS

Dimension 1 Scientific Engineering Practices
Dimension 1 Scientific Engineering Practices
  1. Asking Questions and defining problems
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using math, information/computer technology,
    computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations, designing solutions
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, communicating information

Framework 3-28 to 31
What are Crosscutting Concepts?
Dimension 2 Crosscutting Concepts
  • Crosscutting concepts are concepts that cross
    disciplinary boundaries and contribute to the
    sense making that leads to students valuing and
    using science and engineering practices.
  • The Framework describes seven crosscutting
    concepts that appear to have value in supporting
    understanding of the natural sciences and
  • The crosscutting concepts, when made explicit for
    students, contribute to their understanding of a
    coherent and scientifically-based view of the
  • Crosscutting concepts have utility for
  • Framework page 4-1

How Do Students Learn These Concepts?
Dimension 2 Crosscutting Concepts
  • Crosscutting concepts (CCC) are fundamental to an
    understanding of science, yet students are often
    expected to develop this knowledge without any
    explicit instructional support.
  • The vision of the framework is for The
    Standards to be written as an intersection of
    the three dimensions, with crosscutting concepts
    being an integral component to the other
  • Students should have the crosscutting concepts as
    common and familiar touchstones across the
    disciplines and grade-levels.

How Do Students Learn These Concepts?
Dimension 2 Crosscutting Concepts
  • Explicit development of the crosscutting concepts
    in multiple disciplinary contexts can help
    students develop an understanding of science and
    engineering as coherent, cumulative, and
  • The utility of students science knowledge
    depends upon their ability to use science to
    explain novel phenomena.

Dimension 2 Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Cause and Effect
  • Scale, Proportion and Quantity
  • Systems and System Models
  • Energy Matter Flows, Cycles, Conservation
  • Structure and Function
  • Stability and Change

Dimension 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
  • Organized into Four Domains
  • Physical Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Space Sciences
  • Engineering, Technology and the Applications of

Dimension 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
  • Broad Explanatory Power
  • Each Core Idea is introduced with a question and
    has description of what students should
    understand by end Grade 12
  • Followed by Grade Band End Points (suggestive
    of Learning Progressions)
  • Engineering has new emphasis
  • More Ocean, Climate and Earth Systems Science

From Framework to Standards
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • The National Science Framework was release on
    July 17, 2011.
  • Expected completion of the New Generation of
    National Science Standards by Achieve is
    December, 2012 .
  • Precision review of the Science GPS will be
    conducted in the Spring-Summer of 2013.
  • Tentative date to submit revised Science GPS for
    adoption by the Georgia Board of Education in the
    Summer of 2013.
  • Professional Development for teachers on the
    revised Science GPS in the 2013-2014 and
    2014-2015 school years.
  • First year of implementation of the revised
    Science GPS in the 2015-2016 school year .
  • Assessments will be aligned accordingly at this
    time. New assessments on 2015-2016 school year.