South Dakota was a lead state in reviewing the Next Generation Science Standards.
As a member of the committee that reviewed the NGSS and the state Science Standards Revision Committee I have an in-depth understanding of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the new South Dakota Science Standards.
Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS
The Framework provides an evidence-based foundation for standards and changes in K-12 science programs. It draws on current scientific research—including research on the ways students learn science effectively—and identifies the science all K–12 students should know. This foundation is composed of three essential dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas.
The standards have shifted from being content focused to descriptions of performance expectations. The three dimensions – Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas – are integrated into the performance expectations. The standards are designed to reflect and build on learning progressions from elementary through middle and high school.