• NGSS Essentials

     
 

The Science Framework for California Public Schools (K-12) supports a 3 dimensional vision of science education. In the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS), students make sense of science phenomena and learn to think like and do the work of scientists and engineers.

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A searchable version of the CA-NGSS to help you in planning instruction and assessments aligned with the three dimensions and performance expectations of the standards.

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Within the NGSS, there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.

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Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) shift the focus from the science classroom as environments where students learn about science ideas to places where students explore, examine, and use science ideas to explain how and why phenomena occur. The SEPs describe the activities that scientists and engineers engage in when they do their work.

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These concepts help provide students with a framework for connecting knowledge from the various disciplines into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world. Identifying and using the Crosscutting Concepts during instruction helps students develop a deeper, more integrated, understanding of essential science ideas.

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Science concepts that have broad importance within a discipline and have relevance to people's lives. These are key organizing concepts and underlying principles of Life Science. Physical Science, Earth and Space Science and Engineering disciplines

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NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements describe a detailed look at the NGSS performance expectations.

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Scientific phenomena are occurrences in the natural and human-made world that can be observed and cause one to wonder and ask questions. By focusing on phenomena, learning shifts from being about a topic to figuring out why or how something happens.

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All students need a comprehensive science education in order to help them understand the world around them and develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.

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