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7/25/2013 9:47:00 AM
Next Generation Science Standards and Oregon Science Education

In April 2013, the final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education, were released. During the coming months, the Oregon State Board of Education will determine whether to adopt the NGSS. Oregon Department of Education staff, in collaboration with a science content and assessment advisory group, will review the final NGSS and provide analysis, including a comparison to Oregon's current Science Academic Content Standards, as well as develop a timeline for adoption, transition, implementation, and assessment.

Should the State Board adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, it is important to remember that adoption does not mean instant implementation. It will take a number of years before the NGSS are implemented and assessed in Oregon schools. If they are adopted, through a thoughtful transition and implementation process, the NGSS will be phased in so that districts can implement changes in local curriculum, provide appropriate professional development for teachers, and provide students with opportunities to learn the content, practices, and cross-cutting concepts prior to assessment. Oregon students will continue to be assessed on Oregon's current Science Academic Content Standards until the NGSS are adopted and an official timeline for transition and implementation has been released.

Background information on the development of the NGSS as well as links to resources are available on the ODE NGSS web page. The Achieve NGSS website provides links to the NGSS organized by topic and by disciplinary core idea as well as supporting documents and resources in the appendices. The Next Generation Science Standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council (NRC). This framework is an incredibly powerful document that provides background information and the latest research to improve science teaching and learning. A PDF version of the NRC Framework is available for free download on the National Academies Press website.

For more information, to share comments, or ask questions, please contact: cheryl.kleckner@state.or.us eMail.

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