The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
were released on April 9, 2013 thus completing a two-step process for development through the partnership of the National Research Council (NRC)
, the National Science Teachers Association
, the American Association for the Advancement of Science
, and Achieve
. The first step of the process was been led by The National Academies of Science
, a non-governmental organization commissioned in 1863 to advise the nation on scientific and engineering issues. The National Research Council (NRC)
, the functional staffing arm of the National Academies of Science, developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education
. The Framework
is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and has identified the science all K–12 students should know.
In step-two, managed by Achieve, Rhode Island and 26 other states
led the development of the NGSS which are designed to actively engage students in scientific and engineering practices by applying crosscutting concepts to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in science.
The Rhode Island Department of Education is proud to have been selected as a Lead State Partner in the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These Next Generation Science Standards will be developed through collaboration between states and other stakeholders in science, science education, higher education, and industry. Working as a Lead State, RI will provide leadership and input to the writers of the NGSS as the standards move through the development process.
Additional review and guidance will be provided by advisory boards composed of nationally-recognized leaders in science, science education and business and industry. As part of the development process, the standards will undergo multiple reviews from many stakeholders including two public drafts, allowing all who have a stake in science education an opportunity to inform the proposed content and organization of the standards. This process will produce a set of rigorous, high quality K–12 Next Generation Science Standards ready for state adoption.
Lead State Resources
Call for Participation - Next Generation Science Standards Liaisons
As you know, a major goal of RIDE's Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Plan is to foster awareness and understanding of the new state science standards to all educators and stakeholders within our state. To help support this goal RIDE and the Rhode Island Strategic Leadership Team for the NGSS (RISLT) are asking your help in building a cadre of volunteer educators to strengthen NGSS communication to all faculty and administration in our schools.
The NGSS Liaisons
will serve as a conduit between the RISLT and their colleagues in their schools. This networking of communication is a two-way process. NGSS-specific information, tools, and resources will be shared with NGSS Liaisons through the RISLT and questions and concerns at the school level can then be communicated directly to the RISLT through the NGSS Liaisons. The objective of the NGSS Liaisons is to ensure that all educators and administrators in our schools have access to information as well as a process to pose questions and share ideas about NGSS.
NGSS Liaisons will be provided access to training in the standards and tools to support the NGSS. The Liaisons will also be invited to take part in the quarterly RISLT meetings however this is not mandatory. All meetings and trainings will be conducted after school hours.
Qualifications and Expectations
NGSS Liaisons are educators who exemplify the following:
- Seen as teacher leaders by their colleagues
- Are full time educators who teach science at the PK-12 level. Administrators are also welcome!
- Have a working understanding of the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS
- Are effective communicators of information
NGSS Liaisons will
- receive information electronically (listserv, dropbox) from the RISLT.
- share information sent from the RISLT with their colleagues at the school level. The NGSS Liaison may distribute this information to their colleagues in a variety of ways such as using email systems already in place within the schools, posting information on faculty bulletin boards, or sharing at faculty meetings.
- facilitate communication by school faculty and administration to the RISLT.
- Selection of school-based NGSS Liaisons would be a decision made by administration at the district /school level.
- District leadership and school principals have awareness of educators who possess the necessary qualifications.
- Educators are free to volunteer however the decision for selection resides with the building/district administration
- Emphasis should be placed on the aspect that this is a voluntary position but there is a level of commitment to ensure that the process builds capacity.
Click here to download a NGSS Liaisons form
- September 12, 2014 – School level NGSS-Liaisons identified and sent to RIDE.
- Late September, 2014 – Orientation for NGSS Liaisons via webinar (date to be determined)
Thank for your assistance. If you have any questions please contact Peter McLaren, Science and Technology Specialist by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone at 222-8454.