Science Framework and Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards are under development! 

Part 1: The Framework



The new science framework i
s a downloadable PDF courtesy of the National Academies Press


The framework identifies the key scientific practices, concepts and ideas that all students should learn by the time they complete high school. It is intended as a guide for those who develop science education standards, those who design curricula and assessments, and others who work in K-12 science education.

The framework organizes science education around three dimensions:

  • Scientific and engineering practices. The framework identifies eight key practices that students should learn, such as asking questions and defining problems, planning and carrying out investigations, and engaging in argument from evidence.
  • Crosscutting concepts. The framework also specifies seven concepts students should learn --such as “cause and effect” and “patterns” -- that have explanatory value across much of science  and engineering.
  • Disciplinary core ideas. The framework identifies ideas in four disciplinary areas – life sciences; physical sciences; earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology, and the applications of science. Students’ knowledge of these ideas should deepen over time, and the framework specifies aspects of each idea that students should know by the end of grades two, five, eight, and 12.

These three dimensions should not be taught separately from one another. Rather, they should be integrated in standards, assessment, curricula and instruction. . For example, students should use the practices – such as conducting investigations and then analyzing and interpreting the data – to learn more about the core ideas. 









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Shelley Lee,
Sep 2, 2011, 10:54 AM
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