How to Read the Standards
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Detailed information on How to Read the Standards from the NGSS website.
Inside the Box: An NGSS standard’s box labeled in full detail.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are distinct from prior science standards in three essential ways:
Prior standards listed what students should “know” or “understand.” These ideas needed to be translated into performances that could be assessed to determine whether or not students met the standard. Different interpretations sometimes resulted in assessments that were not aligned with curriculum and instruction. The NGSS has avoided this difficulty by developing performance expectations that state what students should be able to do in order to demonstrate that they have met the standard, thus providing the same clear and specific targets for curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Each performance expectation incorporates all three dimensions from the Framework— a science or engineering practice, a core disciplinary idea, and a crosscutting concept.
Each set of performance expectations lists connections to other ideas within the disciplines of science and engineering, and with Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. (From www.nextgenscience.org)