What are some immediate steps you can take to improve science teaching in your district, school, or classroom? What can you do individually? Who can you partner with to work more broadly?
In what ways are assessment, curriculum, instructional practices, and opportunities for teacher learning aligned in your school or district? What shortcomings do you observe in this respect? What are the hurdles to improving alignment?
What are the challenges and possibilities in your school or district for supporting teachers’ ongoing learning with colleagues, focusing on the science content they are expected to teach?
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As of 2013, the National Science Education Standards have been replaced by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), available as a print book, free PDF download, and online with our OpenBook platform.
The NGSS offer a detailed description of the key scientific ideas and practices that all students should learn by the time they graduate from high school. The standards are based largely on the 2011 National Research Council report A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas.