Next Generation Science Standards, second draft version

The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards have come and gone (comment period was in January 2013). The January 2013 draft version has been removed from the official website, but you can still find it here.

It is important to remember that these standards build on top of the framework document by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Lucky for you, you can download it quickly here: www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165 (the print version has a price, but you can download a PDF version for free.

The Next Generation Science Standards web site is www.nextgenscience.org. A summary of the timeline from January 2013 follows:

The release of the second and final public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is set for the first week in January.  In recognition of the hectic schedules in December and the approaching holidays, the NGSS staff wanted to ensure all educators, stakeholders. and the public had appropriate access to the draft.  We fully encourage all interested parties to review the draft as individuals or in groups and provide feedback to the Lead States and writers.

The NGSS will be completed in March of 2013.  Since the May draft release, the Lead States and the writers evaluated all feedback and worked on revising the standards.  As a result, over 90% of the standards have been revised.  In addition, the lead states charged the NGSS team with finalizing the definition for college and career readiness in science.  The NGSS then went through a second round of revision to ensure the standards supported this definition.

Thank you for your interest in the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

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