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CSTA's NGSS Resource Clearinghouse

Linked below and intentionally appearing first are the reports and resulting standards that form the basis of the NGSS implementation efforts of the science educator community. 

  • The Framework for K-12 Science Education released in July 2011, identifies what students need to know and be able to do to be a functional citizen, which includes being scientifically literate and an effective member of the U.S. workforce
  • The Next Generation Science Standards, released in April 2013, are K-12 standards based on the Framework.
  • Connecticut adopted the standards in November of 2015 and the first Connecticut NGSS assessment was piloted in Spring 2018.

As little as five years ago, a web search for NGSS ideas would yield few results, now there are thousands. CSTA has attempted to screen and organize some of the best of these efforts. The sections organized below are intended to provide different entry points for transitioning to NGSS curriculum, instruction and assessment. 

In the extensions of these sections we have endeavored to create a careful and organized selection of the more effective offerings. In short, we tried to do the the searching, skimming, close reading, evaluating and testing out you might do yourself if you had the time to spend. Our measuring stick for selection was our own collective expertise at the state, district, and classroom level but we include the link to the Equip rubric for individuals interested in conducting a more thorough vetting process themselves. As these resource are available on the web we have not limited there access. However, we encourage you to join your professional organization to take advantage of other member-only benefits at this link here.

Background

I need some background information on three dimensional learning to get started with.

Classroom

I’m ready to try some instructional strategies with my current curriculum.

Unit Building

We are creating new units. I need example templates and searchable collections of resources to build them with.

NGSS Assessment

  • Link to the State Department of Education NGSS Science Assessment page

Explore Further

Included below are links to just few of the homepages of the many organizations that have been working on best practices both in general and/or specifically with the NGSS Framework and Standards in mind. 


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