Part 1: The Framework
The new science framework is 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:
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.
Science Framework and Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards are under development!