How to Read the NGSS – A 10 Minute Guide

January 17, 2021 2 Comments

I have been getting  A LOT of questions from teachers who are new to NGSS. Don’t panic! Even reading the next generation science standards can be a challenge.

How do I read the NGSS?

Check out this 10-minute guide to reading the Next Generation Science Standards.  In this video, I discuss

  • the 3-D model which includes Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts.
  • how to find the standards articulation with other grade levels and across disciplines
  • performance expectations and evidence statements.

What should I do after I learn how to read the NGSS?

Get more information about the three dimensions of the NGSS.

After you have figured out how to read the NGSS, it’s best to take a look at each dimension. I wrote a blog post on 3-dimensional learning to help explain the complex nature of the standards even more.  Also, here are my two favorite resources:

The resources provide more in-depth information about the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts by grade band.  They also provide information about the progression across grade levels.

Break down evidence statements.

Evidence statements explain, in detail, how students are to be assessed.  Evidence statements are an in-depth look at a single performance expectation.  I use evidence statements to create objectives.  To learn how click here.  Evidence statements are also great for helping you to write assessments.

What questions do you have about reading and using the Next Generation Science Standards?  Comment below and let me know.

Originally Published on April 5, 2018.  Last updated January 17th, 2021. 

Erin Sadler

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  • Michon December 27, 2018 at 8:52 am

    This is really helpful! I remember when our state switched to the CCSS, and we had to comb through all of them!

    • Erin Sadler December 27, 2018 at 9:40 am

      These standards are really nice because they are aligned already to the common core math and ELA standards.

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