Next Generation Science Standards 

The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released April 9, 2013.  NGSS has released additional Appendices, and Academic Benchmarks is currently working to capture them.

Academic Benchmarks is in the process of capturing additional facets of the NGSS for our clients and will continue to monitor the releases and determine the best way for representing all portions for our clients.

11 states and Washington, D.C. have adopted the standards including California, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Adoption Map


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will Academic Benchmarks have the NGSS available for download?
A: The Performance Expectations are available.  Please see the Release Notes for details on the structure.  Additional pieces to the Standards will be assessed at the time of release.  Continue to monitor this page for updates.

Q: How were the NGSS standards developed?
A: The National Research Council (NRC) developed The Framework for K-12 Science Education, which served as the foundation for a 26-state led movement to draft the NGSS with funding from the Carnegie Corporation, coordination from Achieve, Inc. and input from leading science groups, such as NSTA. The Frameworks included critical "dimensions" of science education, including Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. These dimensions help shape the structure of the NGSS.

Q: What domains are included in the NGSS?
A: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science.

Q: The NGSS has provided two structures to the standards, Arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), and Arranged by Topic.  Will we be able to decide which arrangement we would like to see?
A: Academic Benchmarks intends to provide solutions to our clients so that they may receive the standards in the format most useful for them.  If you would like to provide input on your needs prior to the release of the standards from AB, please contact AB Client Support.

Q: Do I need permission to use the NGSS?
A: Please refer to the NGSS Trademark and Copyright Guidelines to determine the level of permission needed for your specific application of the standards.

Q: Where can I find additional information about NGSS?
A: Both the NGSS website by Achieve, Inc and The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have posted FAQs for the NGSS on their websites.