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Readers Guide to the New Science Frameworks

A first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is anticipated to be released this spring for the purpose of gathering public feedback. In order to best evaluate this draft it is essential that teachers understand the framework upon which it is based and the process being used to develop the standards. The NGSS is to be the second part of a two-stage process, the first of which was the release of a Framework for K-12 Science Education by the National Research Council in the summer of 2011. This Framework describes the conceptual basis for the organization and content of the NGSS. The Framework can be downloaded and read for free from

The National Science Teachers Association has released a Readers Guide to the Framework. This handy Reader’s Guide unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework—scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in each specific discipline—allowing teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, university professors, and others to more easily grasp how the soon-to-be-released Next Generation Science Standards will differ from the current standards. The Readers Guide can be downloaded for free from

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