The Next Generation Science Standards represent a collaborative, state-led effort to develop science curriculum standards for grades K-12 across the nation. The arrangement of the most recent draft is similar to previous iterations. The standards are written as student performance expectations, which are grouped by topic, and by grade: K-5, middle school and high school. Each topic includes disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting, interdisciplinary concepts. Examples of biological standards include natural selection and adaptation, connections between organisms and ecosystems, growth and development, and structure and function of living organisms.

The standards are based on the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education”. The framework identified the science elements K-12 students should know, based on the most current research in science and science learning. Public comments will be accepted through 29 January 2013. Read the draft standards and submit comments at


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