Second Draft of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Set for January Release

Achieve, the nonprofit education reform organization that is coordinating the second phase of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) development process, recently announced that the second and final public draft of the NGSS will be released the first week in January. Achieve encourages all interested parties to review the draft when it is released and provide feedback. The NGSS will be completed in March 2013. To read the announcement, go to www.nextgenscience.org.

The National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA), one of the lead partners working on the development of the NGSS, is seeking science educators willing to review the NGSS draft and answer questions about implementation, such as what types of professional development and curricular materials will be needed. Volunteers should be NSTA members and be prepared to spend at least 2–3 hours reviewing the NGSS public draft and answering the NSTA survey questions.

If you would like to be considered for this project, please fill out the online registration form. The deadline for registering has been extended until December 14. You will have about 10 days to complete the NSTA survey after the release of the NGSS public draft.

All science educators are encouraged to take the time to review this important draft when it's released and to provide feedback to the writers. To support teachers' understanding of the drafts, NSTA developed a guide for organizing study groups. An updated guide will be published on the NSTA standards web page when the NGSS draft is released.

The NGSS will be completed in March of 2013. Since the May 2012 draft release, the Lead States and the writers evaluated all feedback and worked on revising the standards. As a result, over 90% of the standards have been revised. In addition, the lead states charged the NGSS team with finalizing the definition for college and career readiness in science. The NGSS then went through a second round of revision to ensure the standards supported this definition. A feedback report will be issued together with the second public draft that will explain how feedback was handled and why.



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