Next Generation Science Standards
What is it?
“The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.”
These standards will hopefully get students interested and prepared for careers in science. Having a set of standards will help teachers prepare lesson plans that encourage science and creativity.
There is a focus on application of principles instead of memorization. While most of the scientific community supports these standards, critics think that the standards are too broad.
Science plays a huge role in our American lives. Major advances have taken place in science and in order to keep up a new set of science standards must be implemented.
Difference between common core?
While both standards have the goal of preparing students for college-level course work there are distinct differences. Common Core has a focus on mathematics, english, and literacy. While Next Generation Science has a focus on science principles.
When will it be enforced?
Currently over 40 states enforce Next Generation Science Standards. There is a gradual adoption of these standards which is why not many people know of their existence.