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New Resources from NSTA on the Framework for K-12 Science Education

NSTA Releases Reader's Guide to the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Download it now for FREE!

A Framework for K–12 Science Education provides a broad set of learning expectations for students as they study science and engineering throughout the K–12 years. Released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July, the Framework guides the writers of the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); will influence curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development decisions for years to come; and ultimately will help inspire new generations of science and engineering professionals and scientifically literate citizens.

NSTA has released a handy Reader’s Guide that unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework—allowing teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, university professors and others to more easily grasp how the soon-to-be-released Next Generation Science Standards will differ from the current standards. Authored by Harold Pratt, a former NSTA president, career science coordinator, and NRC senior program officer during the development of the National Science Education Standards (NSES), the Reader’s Guide offers the following for each chapter of the Framework:

  • An overview with a brief synopsis of key ideas
  • An analysis of what is similar to and what is different from the NSES
  • A suggested action to help readers understand and start preparing for the NGSS

The NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Framework for K–12 Science Education is an important companion to the Framework and will help science educators as they prepare to incorporate the upcoming standards into their teaching of science and engineering. Visit the NSTA Science Store to download a FREE copy, or visit for a link to the Guide along with up-to-date information on work surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards. The Reader’s Guide also will be inserted in the January editions of all NSTA journals.

NSTA Journal Series Helps Science Educators Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards by Better Understanding the Framework

NSTA is dedicated to helping science educators prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards. Adding to our host of resources is a special journal series exploring important dimensions of the Framework. Every month, NSTA’s member journals—Science and Children, Science Scope, The Science Teacher, and the Journal of College Science Teaching—will carry a specifically themed article focused on helping science educators better understand the foundation on which new standards will be built. December’s article, Scientific and Engineering Practices in K–12 Classrooms: Understanding A Framework for K–12 Science Education (PDF), is written by Rodger Bybee, executive director emeritus of Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and Life Sciences Design Team Lead for the NRC Framework study committee. Bybee presents the science and engineering practices from the Framework and addresses such questions as “Why practices and why not inquiry?” and “Why science and engineering?” Next month’s article explores the core ideas of engineering and technology.