The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are set of national science standards for all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. They are not part of the Common Core Standards, but stand on their own and replace the old California State Standards.

The purpose of NGSS is that “by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to continue to learn about science outside school; and have the skills to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology.”

NGSS identifies three distinct dimensions by which to build our new curriculum:


Marshall Middle School has adopted SDUSD’s timeline for NGSS implementation as shown below. Over the past 5 years, Marshall teachers have been slowly adding NGSS vocabulary, practices, and content to our current curriculum. This year, nearly all of our teachers will be fully implementing these new standards. In early May, students will take an online standardized test measuring their science learning.

I am fully implementing NGSS concepts and practices in my classroom. In our first unit, we learn about the Science and Engineering Practices and discuss the differences between science and engineering processes. We have several design challenges throughout the year, as well as lessons that follow the “5E” method. While not all of my students will become scientists or engineerings, they will all need some of these foundation skills that will help them in any career they pursue.

Additional NGSS Resources