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Compare NGSS to Existing State Standards

Existing State Standards Next Generation Science Standards
Provide separate lists of content students should know and processes that they should be able to do Provide a set of performance expectations that integrate practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts
Based on the Benchmarks for Science Literacy (1993) and the National Science Education Standards (1996) Based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education (2012)
Often assessed with multiple choice questions that emphasized definitions Designed to be assessed in real world contexts
Engineering often excluded Engineering integrated with science
Expectations for what some students need to learn Expectations to prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship
No connections to mathematics and English language arts Explicit connections to mathematics and English language arts included