Next Generation Science Standards

Free resource puts Next Generation Science Standards at your fingertips

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Lesson Planning, Professional Learning

Price: Free
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows

Pros: Easy to navigate by browsing or searching.

Cons: Offers nothing that can't already be accessed online.

Bottom Line: Super-handy resource makes science standards easy to access anytime, anywhere.

Download the free app to get easy access to all the Next Generation Science Standards. Use the app when planning individually or with a team. You'll also be able to easily refer to the NGSS (and search for them quickly, if necessary) in parent and student conferences. Encourage students to review the standards for their grade level so they know what's expected of them.

The Next Generation Science Standards, describing what students should know about science and the process of science before high school graduation, are available online. Next Generation Science Standards puts the complete list of standards and supporting documents on a mobile device in an easily browsable and searchable format. Search standards by DCI (Disciplinary Core Idea) Arrangement (content) by grade level, by Topic, by Conceptual Progression (for middle school or high school courses), or by Domains Model (physical science, life science, earth and space science, biology, chemistry, or physics). Additional resources include the front matter of the publication introducing the NGSS project, the structure of the standards (which explains how to read and understand them), a link to the framework that preceded the development of the standards, the appendices for the standards, and National Science Teacher Association resources.

Twenty-six states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 since April 2013. The Next Generation Science Standards app contains the full list of standards as well as supporting documentation to make understanding and implementing the standards easier for teachers. The NGSS were developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve, and include three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas (content); scientific and engineering practices; and cross-cutting concepts, which help students connect ideas across disciplines and to prior learning.

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Free teacher tool is easily accessible, easily navigated, and fully searchable, making planning and aligning with the Next Generation Science Standards convenient for teachers.


Depth of content is extensive. Pretty much any information available at Next Generation Science Standards is catalogued and easily searchable in the app.


No help or tutorial is necessary. Teachers can extend their productivity at MasteryConnect, a professional learning community for teachers to share assessments and track student progress.

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Amanda B.
Amanda B. Teacher

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The Next Generation Science Standards - because resistance is futile!

As a teaching tool, I believe this app is better with upper grades. Teachers can use it to gain knowledge about the new science standards coming their way.

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