Next Generation Science Standards

Michigan Science Standards

The State of Michigan is in the process of adopting new science standards. These have been presented to the State Board of Education who are currently considering the benefits and ramifications of moving to new standards. Click here to see the statement from MDE.

Proposed Michigan Science Standards

Overview Resouces

The Michigan Standards will be based largely on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Below are some links to resources for the NGSS.
Next Generation Website
Download a free copy of NGSS
Video on How to read the NGSS Document
Download a free NGSS App for your iPad or iPhone

NGSS: Short and Sweet
One page summary of NGSS
The Case for NGSS: Video

The site allows you to view the standards either by topic or by Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI). Either method will allow you to drill down to individual grade level expectations.
Appendices of the NGSS:
Appendix A: Conceptual Shifts
Appendix B: Responses to Public Drafts
Appendix C: College and Career Readiness
Appendix D: All Standards, All Students/ Case Studies
Appendix E: Disciplinary Core Idea Progressions
Appendix F: Science and Engineering Practices
Appendix G: Crosscutting Concepts
Appendix H: Nature of Science
Appendix I: Engineering Design in NGSS
Appendix J: Science, Technology, Society and the the Environment
Appendix K: Course Mapping in Middle and High School
Appendix L: Connections to CCSS- Mathematics
Appendix M: Connections to CCSS- Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects

Three Dimensions of NGSS

practices logo dimension 1

dimension 2

dimension 3

Performance Expectations
Search what is expected that students know and do with the NGSS. You can search by grade level, NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting concepts or Disciplinary Core Ideas.

Conceptual Shifts

  1. K-12 Science Education Should Reflect the Interconnected Nature of Science as it is practiced and experienced in the Real World.
  2. The Next Generation Science Standards are student performance expectations - NOT curriculum.
  3. The Science Concepts in the NGSS Build Coherently from K-12.
  4. The NGSS Focus on Deeper Understanding of Content as well as Application of Content.
  5. Science and Engineering are integrated in the NGSS, from K-12.

Understanding Science Instructional Shifts
Parts of these sites will be linked to at relevant places on our Dimensions and Practices pages.

These Shifts have implications for how science is taught in our classrooms. A good site to see how this is done is The Ambitious Science Teacher. This site contains many videos and tools to improve instruction. It is also a community of teachers that collaborate.

Another good site is Understanding How Science Really Works has video and many good resources to give students understanding of what scientist really do. Strategies to address common misconceptions of science knowledge that students have given.

For more information on NGSS and instructional shifts, check out our RESA consultant's webpages.

Laura Chambless
NGSS tab on her protopage

Jim Licht
NGSS tab on his protopage

Additional Resources for NGSS

National Science Teacher's Association
NSTA: NGSS webpage
Other video/online resources
Bozeman Science NGSS Overview and Link to Additional Videos

MDE Curriculum Page
Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA)
Create for STEM (MSU) resources for NGSS

Other great NGSS website from other RESAs and Math/Science Centers across the state.
Wayne RESA
Kent ISD NGSS Lessons
Traverse Bay ISD Elementary NGSS Lessons