NGSS Basics

Foundations of NGSS

NGSS Appendices

A. Conceptual Shifts

B. Responses to Public Feedback

C. College and Career Readiness

D. All Standards, All Students  Case Studies

E. Disciplinary Core Idea Progression in the NGSS

F. Science and Engineering Practices  Practices Matrix

G. Crosscutting Concepts in the NGSS  Crosscutting Concepts Matrix

H. Nature of Science in the NGSS  Nature of Science Matrix

I. Engineering Design in the NGSS

J. Science, Technology, Society, and the Environment

L. Connections to Common Core State Standards – Mathematics

M. Connections to Common Core State Standards – Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects

Supporting Publications/Articles







Advocacy and Communication


Professional Development



Curriculum Development

  • Building a Strong Foundation RI Model Science Curriculum

Curriculum Development

  • Bundling the NGSS—Achieve developed sample bundles of PEs for all levels as well as great tools like the Example Bundle Guide for learning about the bundling process in curriculum development. 
  • Teachers Try Science—Sample environmental science lessons, some evaluated and revised using the EQuIP rubric
  • Ambitious Science Teaching While not explicitly designed around the NGSS, the site presents a vision of ambitious science instruction that “aims to support students of all backgrounds to deeply understand science ideas, participate in the activities of the discipline, and solve authentic problems.”
  • Next Generation Science Storylines Excellent site with sample coherent units of instruction based on an anchoring phenomenon and developed around a storyline; all levels; expert team led by Brian Reiser
  • Curriculum Materials Make a Difference for Next Generation Science Learning--Research article that identifies the importance of good curriculum materials and professional learning for teachers        


Course Mapping

NGSS Alignment Tools

  • EQuIP Rubric 3.0  Along with Facilitation Tools (aligned with EQuIP 2.0 currently)
  • NGSS Lesson Screener Quicker screening tool with 6 criteria to do an initial evaluation of a lesson for NGSS alignment
  • Primary Evaluation Of Essential Criteria For Alignment (PEEC)--Draft of a tool by Achieve that can be used to evaluate a comprehensive science, kit-based instructional materials, textbooks, or textbook series to determine the degree to which they align with the NGSS


Integration of Technology

Project-Based Learning and NGSS