Science — and therefore science education — is central to the lives of all Americans, preparing them to be informed citizens in a democracy and knowledgeable consumers. Research on how students learn science best informed the writing of the Framework for K-12 Science Education in 2011, which in turn led to the development of new science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013.  Rhode Island was the first to adopt these new standards which are the hallmark of the vision for science teaching and learning in the state.


Wadding Elementary School

Wadding Elementary School, East Providence
Teacher Donna Long with students testing water quality


For current highlights and updates on science education in Rhode Island, go to the R.I.S.E. Blog page.

For more information on the NGSS, go to the Science Standards page.

For resources to support NGSS implementation, go to the NGSS Resources page.

For information on the state science assessment, go to the Science Assessment page.

To access a model curriculum aligned to the NGSS, go to the RI Model Science Curriculum page.


    Science Frameworks

Framework for K-12 Science Education

NSTA Readers’ Guide for the Framework [PDF]

FAQs about the Framework

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas is a webinar released by the National Research Council in July 2011, which identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. The framework will serve as the foundation for new K-12 science education standards, which are currently being developed by a group of 26 states coordinated by the nonprofit group Achieve. The framework is also designed to be used by curriculum and assessment developers, teacher educators, and others in K-12 science education.

Viewing this archived webinar (originally airing on April 17th) would be an excellent preparatory step for educators and state team members in anticipation of review of the draft NGSS.


Thomas Keller, co-director of the project to develop the framework, and senior program officer, Board on Science Education, National Research Council

Heidi Schweingruber, co-director of the project to develop the framework, and deputy director, Board on Science Education, National Research Council

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