Let NSTA ease the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards. NSTA helps science educators build understanding of the NGSS and provides a pathway for incorporating the new standards into classroom instruction. From outstanding books to FREE web seminars, and from conference sessions to online short courses, NSTA’s rich professional development resources offer plenty of opportunities to begin your professional learning around NGSS today. We also point to top resources from other organizations committed to supporting high-quality science instruction.

NGSS Video Collection

collage2 (2)A highlight of the NSTA National Conference in Boston was a daylong event—the NGSS@NSTA Forum—featuring sessions on NGSS curriculum planning, classroom instruction, resource evaluation, connection to Common Core, and assessment. NSTA captured video of this popular event and is pleased to offer five individual video sessions to our members as a special members-only benefit.

The sessions, given by NGSS writers, state science supervisors, assessment experts, and others include:

Watch highlights of the videos here.

Make the videos part of your learning plan to better understand the Next Generation Science Standards and prepare for implementation. NSTA members are invited to access any of the session videos by first logging in to the NSTA Learning Center. Not an NSTA member yet? For a limited time, you can download one session for free. Members and nonmembers can view and download all presenters’ handouts.

To learn more, go to http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/ngss_forum_videos.aspx.

Web Seminars

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Review the general architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards and the specific expectations for each elementary grade level. Then learn how to use the standards to plan curriculum and instruction. During each of these 90-minute web seminars, you will also have an opportunity to

  • deepen your understanding of how the three dimensions of NGSS (practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts) are designed to blend together during classroom instruction;
  • dive into one or two examples of what the teaching and learning to achieve NGSS looks like in a specific grade; and
  • discuss instructional practices with other teachers of the same grade level and begin the development of a grade-level community in the NSTA Learning Center to support students learning.

Presenters: Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr, Kathy Renfrew

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Fourth Grade, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Teaching NGSS in Elementary School—Fifth Grade, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

View the Archives

Increase your understanding of the standards and learn how to implement NGSS in the classroom with the popular NGSS@NSTA web seminar series. The full archive of past programs can be accessed for free.

Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks

Achieve Inc. recently released a new resource for science educators that shows examples of how content and practices from the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics can be assessed together. The Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks provide nine sample tasks for middle and high school. Each task focuses on a specific context or storyline and includes multiple components that work together to partially or fully assess a bundle of chosen standards. CCSS-ELA/Literacy alignments were also added in response to requests from states and educators to support work across disciplines.  Educators are encouraged to modify the tasks for their needs and to provide Achieve with feedback for improvement. Revised drafts of the tasks as well as the first round of sample assessment tasks for elementary grades will be released in the coming months.

EQuIP Rubric

Updated! Achieve, in collaboration with NSTA, recently released a revised version of the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science. (A list of the changes can be found here.) The rubric is an effective tool that enables teachers and administrators, in teams or individually, to measure not only how closely instructional materials align to the Next Generation Science Standards, but also the overall quality of the materials.



NSTA is your complete source for credible and timely publications on NGSS. Purchase your own print copies of the NGSS and A Framework for K-12 Science Education, as well as these must-have resources from NSTA Press:

Translating the NGSS for Classroom InstructionScience for the Next GenerationNSTA Reader's Guide to the NGSSNGSSNSTA Reader's Guide to a FrameworkFramework for K-12 Science Education

New From NSTA Press!

Brunsell90 Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide is chock-full of practical ways to introduce the structure of the NGSS, model activities and protocols to deepen understanding of all three dimensions, processes for using “backwards design” principles for developing rich instructional units, and much more. Read author Eric Brunsell’s blog post, in which he discusses the professional development approach he and his colleagues used to help teachers understand the NGSS more deeply while simultaneously exploring curricular issues.

The NSTA Quick-Reference Guid to the NGSSNext time you need quick answers about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), turn to The NSTA Quick-Reference Guides to the NGSS. The guides are available in three grade-specific versions—one each for elementary, middle, and high school—plus a version for K–12. Each book provides the appropriate performance expectations; disciplinary core ideas; practices; crosscutting concepts; connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science; and connections to nature of science. The books’ emphasis is on easy. In addition to helping you find the parts of the standards most relevant to you, you can readily acquaint yourself with their formats and find out what each of the different parts means. The Quick-Reference Guides are indispensable companions to the NGSS for science teachers at all levels, but they’re equally essential to administrators, curriculum developers, and teacher educators who are incorporating the NGSS and want to help others do so as well.


Journal Articles

Gain a better understanding of NGSS with help from NSTA’s growing collection of journal articles authored by NGSS lead writers and others. Articles examine the practices, crosscutting concepts, connections to common core, and more.

NSTA Reports


NGSSApp2NSTA is excited to announce a free app for the Next Generation Science Standards, in partnership with Mastery Connect.

You can download the Next Generation Science Standards app by searching “MasteryConnect” or “Next Generation Science Standards” in your app store or by visiting the iOS Store,  Android Marketplace, or Windows Store.

The Next Generation Science Standards app gives you multiple ways to view the standards, including DCI and Topic arrangements, and also includes convenient search functionality. The app also makes referencing standards in the Common Core simple by providing linkage between the NGSS app and MasteryConnect’s Common Core app.


Great as a reference on your bulletin board, to share with colleagues during professional learning sessions, or for presentations, these supporting documents come in handy!



Venn Diagrams (Developed by Understanding Language at Stanford University)

Parent Q and A


Because the Next Generation Science Standards mark a significant shift in how science is both taught and learned, parents may be curious as to what their children’s classrooms will look like. To help parents better understand the importance of standards and the role they play in education, NSTA has developed a short Q&A for parents. This tool explains what standards are in general and why the NGSS in particular are so critical for developing college and career readiness in the sciences. The Q&A is a great resource for science teachers, principals, and other administrators to distribute to and discuss with parents. 


NSTA Position Statement on Next Generation Science Standards

In a position statement released today, NSTA makes a series of recommendations for science education stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and transform K–12 STEM education. The statement expresses NSTA’s strong endorsement for the NGSS and calls on states to adopt the new standards. It also outlines the steps needed to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge required for college and STEM careers and to be well-informed citizens.

Read the press release here.

Read the position statement here.