Oregon Department of Education

Science - Standards

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Standards-based education is the process of basic teaching, learning and assessment that focuses on national, state, and local educational standards. Academic Content Standards are statements of what students are expected to know and be able to do at specified grade levels.

2014 Science Standards

The Oregon State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the new Oregon 2014 Science Standards on March 6, 2014. These Standards are posted below. The adoption includes the grade level middle school science standards sequence unanimously recommended by the Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel that was developed under the leadership of the California Science Experts Panel.

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 a 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.

Science Standards - by Grade Level

These documents include the specific articulation of the Three-Dimensions (Science & Engineering Practices, Discipline Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts).

Crosswalk Documents

Communication Documents

These documents can be used to assist in the communications around improving science education and the 2014 Oregon Science Standards.

Sample Transition Plans

The content and assessment panel have developed a five-year transitional sample plan.

ODE Standards Resources

National Science Resources

Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects

The 6-12 literacy standards for Science and technical Subjects are not meant to replace the content standards in the sciences but rather to supplement them. The emphasis in the literacy standards is for students to learn to read and write in English Language Arts and to further develop reading and writing skills specific to science and technical subjects content.

  • Jamie Rumage Email    (503) 947-6504
    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist