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Next Generation Science Standards


The National Academy of Sciences, Achieve, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Science Teachers Association have embarked on a two-step process to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The National Research Council (NRC), the staffing arm of the National Academies of Science, began the process by developing the Conceptual Framework for Science Education due to be published in the late spring of 2011.

The Framework will lay the foundation for the science concepts, practices, and skills all students need to learn to succeed in science. It is a critical first step because it will be grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and will identify the science all K–12 students should know.

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Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability.

National Academy of Sciences online

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare.







Framework for K-12 Science Education


Planning and Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards

Sept 14 & 15 - Wells Conference Center, University of Maine at Orono

An important event for science education in Maine and the beginning of many conversations about the Next Generation Science Standards that are being developed by Achieve and participating states.

In this meeting, participants will

  • Investigate National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education;
  • Understand the Three Key Dimensions of the NRC Framework – Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, Core Ideas;
  • Consider the similarities and differences between Key Dimensions in the Framework and Maine Science Standards.

The meeting will also begin dialogue about how refining and improving science instruction in Maine can engage more students in learning, prepare them for STEM careers and provide a strong foundation for students' and Maine's economic future.

Brett Moulding and Jean Moon will be facilitating the conversation. Brett served on the Board of Science Education, the group at the National Research Council, charged with the development of the Framework for K-12 Science Education Standards. Jean Moon worked for many years at the National Academies of Science and is now the Principal and Founder of the Tidemark Institute. Both Jean and Brett are passionate about science education, student learning, and the environments and policies that support the vision for science education outlined in Framework.

  • Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine, Orono.
  • Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and the meeting will begin promptly at 8:30.
  • A continental breakfast will be available at 8:00.
  • Sandwiches and salads will be served for lunch.


Please download and read the Framework for K-12 Science Education Standards. As you read, pay particular attention to:

  • executive summary;
  • section on achieving the vision; and
  • pages 3-1 through 3-5 on scientific and engineering practices (with particular emphasis on the diagram on p. 3-3).

Be sure to bring your copy of the document with you.


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