Developing the Next Generation Science Standards


Monday, January 28, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm


Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research and Development of Achieve provided an update on the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including process and timeline for release of drafts and final documents, revisions based on the first public release, how science educators can be involved, and implications for science teaching. Powerpoint presentation from Dr. Pruitt's talk can be downloaded from our materials page at . State Superintendent Mike Flanagan gave opening remarks before the presentation.

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the development of NGSS is a joint effort of the National Research Council and Achieve Inc., in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), to design the foundation for all students to have a solid K–12 science education. NGSS will comprise K–12 science standards created through a collaborative process led by Michigan and 25 other lead partner states.

The NGSS developers, Achieve, and NSTA encourage educators to review the final public draft, which is available online at, and provide feedback online to Achieve prior to January 29. The final standards are expected to be released in late March.