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Common Core Mathematics, Common Core English/Language Arts, and Next Generation Science Standards. What’s the common thread?. ELA Common Core. Math Common Core. Next Generation Science Standards. Today’s Objective:. Participants will

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Common Core Mathematics, Common Core English/Language Arts, and Next Generation Science Standards. What’s the common thread?

ELA Common Core

Math Common Core

  • Next GenerationScience Standards
today s objective
Today’s Objective:

Participants will

  • Explore the layout of the Next Generation Science Standards and discuss the features, benefits, and drawbacks of the 3-dimension format.
  • Compare features of the Science and Engineering Practices to features of the Standards of Mathematical Practice and Literacy Standards for Science and Technical Subjects.
  • Evaluate their present curricula and instructional practices and determine their readiness and needs as they look to implementing CCSS and NGSS.
  • Express their upcoming needs and wants regarding professional development for the upcoming implementation of these curriculum standards.
the framework identifies three dimensions of the science standards
The Framework identifies three dimensions of the science standards:
  • Scientific & Engineering PracticesActivities that scientists and engineers engage in to either understand the world or solve a problem.
  • Crosscutting ConceptsIdeas that are not specific to any one discipline but cut across them all.
  • Disciplinary Core IdeasConcepts in science and engineering that have broad importance within and across disciplines as well as relevance in people’s lives.
scientific and engineering practices
Scientific and Engineering Practices
  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for


7. Engaging in argument from evidence

8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

crosscutting concepts
Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change
putting it together performance expectations
Putting it together—Performance Expectations

Performance Expectations

Foundation Box

Connection Box

Other standards in the Next Generation Science Standards or in the Common Core State Standards that are related to this standard

closer look at a performance expectation
Closer Look at a Performance Expectation

Performance expectations combine practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts into a single statement of what is to be assessed.

They are not instructional strategies or objectives for a lesson.

timeline for ngss
Timeline for NGSS
  • Drafts of NGSS for public review: May 2012, Jan 2013.
  • Final Release of NGSS: March 31, 2013
  • Approval of NGSS by Delaware Board of Education: uncertain—probably summer 2013.
what about assessment
What about assessment???
  • Math and ELA: DCAS will run until 2014-2015 year. In 2015, math and ELA will use Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), aligned to Common Core State Standards.

  • At this time, Smarter Balanced has no assessment for science.

There’s a common core in all of the standards documents (ELA, Math, and Science)

At the core is:

  • Reasoning with evidence;
  • Building arguments and critiquing the arguments of others;
  • Participating in reasoning-oriented practiceswith others.
teachers will have to help all students
Teachers will have to help all students:
  • Externalize their thinking;
  • Listen carefully to one anotherand take one another seriously;
  • Dig deeper into the data and evidence for their positions;
  • Work with the reasoning of others.

Because these “thinking practices” are inextricably linked to content, and to core ideas, participating in productive talk is not an add-on. It’s fundamentalto the learning goals in each set of standards.

from this point on
From this point on:

Group 1: Go to room 135

Group 2: Go to room 136

Group 3: Go to room 113

based on what has been presented today
Based on what has been presented today:

Discuss with your school, with your grade level colleagues, or with your content level colleagues the answers to the three questions.

Please write the answers to these questions on the paper you have been provided. Please turn these in at the front of the room.


All materials from this presentation will be uploaded to the Red Clay Secondary Science Wiki.

Thank you for your time this morning!