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Bundling the NGSS

"Bundling" is an important strategy for implementing the NGSS, as it brings coherence to instruction and greatly reduces the amount of necessary instructional time. Newly developed Example Bundles show how the standards could be bundled within a given school year. These resources can be viewed here.

Currently Example Bundles are available for the following:

  • Kindergarten Bundles (Thematic Model and Topics Model)
  • 1st Grade Bundles (Thematic Model and Topics Model)
  • 4th Grade Bundles (Thematic Model and Topics Model)
  • Middle School Course I Models (Phenomenon and Topics Model)
  • High School Course I Models (Conceptual Progressions Model and Domains Model - Chemistry)
  • High School Course II Models (Conceptual Progressions Model and Domains Model - Physics)
  • NGSS Example Bundles Guide

Accelerated Model Course Pathways

The Next Generation Science Standards Accelerated Model Course Pathways offer guidance to schools and districts seeking to organize NGSS performance expectations into a compressed time frame. They are designed for high-achieving students who want or need to pursue advanced-level science courses earlier in middle or high school, and at a more rapid pace.

Evidence Statements

The NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements are statements of observable and measureable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.

EQuiP Rubric

Version 3.0 is now available!

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) review existing lessons and units to determine what revisions are needed; (2) provide constructive criterion-based feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers; (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states; and (4) to inform the development of new lessons and units. (A list of the changes made between the original release and the current revised version of the rubric can be found here.)

NGSS EQuIP Professional Learning Facilitator’s Guide

The NGSS EQuIP Professional Learning Facilitator’s Guide is a series of 10 modules that were designed to provide guidance on building the capacity of educators and education leaders to use the EQuIP Rubric for Science. Completing this professional learning will provide science educators and education leaders with the processes and procedures necessary to use the EQuIP Rubric to review science lessons and units, to provide effective feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers and users of these instructional materials, to identify model or exemplar lessons and units, and to inform the development of new instructional materials.

Tools for Unpacking NGSS Dimensions


Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks

The Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across the disciplines have collaborated to write sample tasks, which are the result of a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics in classroom assessment.


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)

Conference Presentations

The 2015 NGSS@NSTA Forum in Chicago included highly instructive presentations by top educators from around the country. Whether you missed a session or want notes to share with colleagues, download the materials here: