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Oregon State Board of Education October 2012. Next Generation Science Standards Update Cheryl Kleckner Education Specialist. Lead Partners. NGSS Lead States. A New Vision of Science Learning that Leads to a New Vision of Teaching.

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oregon state board of education october 2012
Oregon State Board of EducationOctober 2012

Next Generation Science Standards Update

Cheryl Kleckner

Education Specialist

a new vision of science learning that leads to a new vision of teaching
A New Vision of Science Learning that Leads to a New Vision of Teaching

The framework is designed to help realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in science and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in these fields.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education p. 1-2

  • Released in July 2011; free PDF online
  • www7.nationalacademies.org/bose/Standards_Framework_Homepage.html
vision for science education
Vision for Science Education

Builds on Existing National Science Education Efforts


The Guiding Principles of the Framework are Research-Based and Include. . .

Building Capacity in State Science Education BCSSE

nrc framework
NRC Framework

The Framework provides a coherent vision in 3 ways:

1. Learning as a developmental progression

2. Engaging students in scientific investigations and argumentation to achieve deeper understanding of core science ideas

3. Learning science and engineering involves integration of the knowledge of scientific explanations and the practices needed to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design.


nrc framework1
NRC Framework

Organizes Science Education around 3 Interconnected Dimensions:

  • 8 Key Scientific and Engineering Practices
  • 7 Crosscutting Concepts
  • Core Ideas in 4 Disciplinary Areas
nrc framework2
NRC Framework

8 Key Scientific and Engineering Practices:

1. Asking questions (science) and defining problems (engineering)

2. Developing and using models

3. Planning and carrying out investigations

4. Analyzing and interpreting data

5. Using mathematics and computational thinking

6. Developing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering)

7. Engaging in argument

8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

nrc framework3
NRC Framework

7 Crosscutting Concepts:

1. Patterns

2. Cause and effect

3. Scale, proportion, and quantity

4. Systems and system models

5. Energy and matter

6. Structure and function

7. Stability and change

nrc framework4
NRC Framework

Core Ideas in 4 Disciplinary Areas:

1. Physical Sciences

2. Life Sciences

3. Earth and Space Sciences

4. Engineering, Technology, and the Applications of Science


Oregon Science Standards Framework

Science Content Knowledge

Science Process Skills*

Abilities to do Scientific Inquiry

Nature, History, and Interaction of Science and Technology

Abilities to do Engineering Design

Nature, History, and Interaction of Technology and Science



Earth and Space

* The Science Process Skills align with the Oregon Essential Skills

ngss architecture
NGSS Architecture

Integration of 3 Dimensions:


Crosscutting Concepts

Core Ideas

what is the value of weaving the three dimensions of the framework together
What is the Value of Weaving the Three Dimensions of the Framework Together?
  • Strengthening Scientific Thinking
  • Lengthening Scientific Thinking
  • Develop Flexible Scientific Thinking
  • Making Connections within Scientific Thinking

Cross Cutting Concepts

Core Ideas



NGSS Architecture

Performance Expectations


NGSS Architecture

Performance Expectations

Foundation Boxes

Based on NRC Framework and expanded into Matrices

Based on NRC Framework and expanded into Matrices

NRC Framework language from Grade Band Endpoints


NGSS Architecture

Performance Expectations

Foundation Boxes

Connection Boxes

summary shifts in the teaching and learning of science
Summary: Shifts in the Teaching and Learning of Science
  • Organize around limited number of core ideas. Favor depth and coherence over breadth of coverage.
  • Core ideas need to be revisited in increasing depth, and sophistication across years. Focus needs to be on connections:
    • Careful construction of a storyline – helping learners build sophisticated ideas from simpler explanations, using evidence.
    • Connections between scientific disciplines, using powerful ideas (nature of matter, energy) across life, physical, and environmental sciences
oregon lead state review team
Oregon Lead State Review Team

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry


OUS and University Faculty

Community Colleges Faculty

Teachers Standards and Practices Commissioner

Oregon Education Association

Oregon Department of Education Specialists

  • K-12 Teachers
  • K-12 Administrators
  • District Curriculum Directors
  • District Science Specialists
  • Oregon Science Teachers Association
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Crater Lake National Park


ngss public draft
NGSS Public Draft

Coming in November!

  • Last Time for Public Comment
  • Online Survey
  • Three Week Window
  • Feedback Strongly Encouraged
  • Writers Listen and Make Changes
lots of work completed underway and left to do




Professional Learning


Lots of work completed, underway, and left to do
building capacity for state science education
Building Capacity for State Science Education

Conferences and Workshops:

  • Multi-year National Project to Support NGSS Implementation
  • Organized by the Council of State Science Supervisors
  • Fully Funded by Scientific Foundations and Corporations
  • 5 Member Team from Each State
  • Sustained Professional Development
  • Interaction with National Science Education Experts
  • Collaborative Time to Develop Resources to Support Instruction and Models for Professional Development
  • Team Time to Plan for Implementation
  • Third Conference Being Held in Indiana Oct. 12-13