Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
States Lead the Effort to Write New Science Standards
Illinois is among the 26 lead states that have worked collaboratively to update science standards, called Next Generation Science Standards, under the guidance of Achieve, Inc.
These internationally-benchmarked standards provide a new vision for K-12 science and engineering education and set the stage for a significant shift in how those subjects may be viewed and taught in Illinois and across the nation.
Eight states have adopted NGSS: Rhode Island, Kentucky, Vermont, Maryland, Kansas, Delaware, California and Washington.
NGSS was adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education on Jan. 23, 2014. The NGSS Science Standards will go into effect beginning in the 2016-17 School Year. Please refer to Appendix D of ISBE's rules governing Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision (Part 1) for further information.
To view any of the State Board's rules as they are currently in effect, go to "Rules Currently in Effect".
An active group working at the state level preparing for adoption and implementation is the Illinois Building Capacity for State Science Education (IL BCSSE).
This group is made up of a diverse group of K-12 educators, higher education, informal educators and representatives from business and industry. This core of this group originally served as the ISBE NGSS Lead State Review Committee. The charge for this group in the beginning was to provide review of the NGSS standards as they were released in order to provide guidance to the writers of NGSS. Following the release of NGSS in April, this group was then given a new charge and a new name. Currently, this talented group participates in important discussion guiding policy recommendation for NGSS adoption and implementation. Currently, IL BCSSE is in the process of forming committees to work on issues related to NGSS communications, professional development, partnerships and critical issues.
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
NSTA has been active in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition to providing feedback on drafts of the standards, NSTA has developed a variety of excellent resources to support teachers in understanding what is in the NGSS and Framework for K-12 Science Education which guided the development of NGSS.
- Building Capacity for State Science Education (BCSSE)
BCSSE, a project of the Council of State Science Supervisors, has developed a wide variety of resources to support teams, buildings, or districts to provide professional learning connected to the Framework and NGSS.
- Next Generation Science Standards and ELLs
Helen Quinn, chair of the Framework writing committee, and Okhee Lee, Professor of Education at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, discuss NGSS and ELLs. Helen Quinn and Okhee Lee summarize major shifts in the NGSS and share tools and resources to help teachers of ELLs navigate this new landscape. They also discuss language demands and learning opportunities as ELLs participate in the science and engineering practices.
If you have questions or comments please contact Gil Downey, Principal Consultant, College and Career Readiness Division at 217/782-4620 or at firstname.lastname@example.org