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NGSS Website Gets Update


Some 18 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) since they were introduced in 2013. The learning standards, which include engineering design and are aligned with rigorous reading and mathematics standards, reflect recommendations put forth in a National Academy of Sciences.

Now, the NGSS website has been updated and made more user-friendly, based on feedback from teachers, administrators, district and state leaders, and advocates.

The homepage has been reorganized under three new headers that clarify pathways to important information about the standards, science instruction and assessment, and implementation. Click here for more details. Searching the standards is easier, too, thanks to a new tutorial and improved navigation to help users know where to find the standards and how to explore the student performance expectations more deeply
In addition, the website now includes examples of quality NGSS instructional materials that have been evaluated by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science. Users now can sort the meager-but-growing set of example lessons and units by grade, type, science domain, and rating. They also can provide feedback on, or ask questions about, the posted materials then easily share them with others on social media. Click here for more details.
The website now has parent guides in Spanish, and an expanded library of open source resources.

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