Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
States Lead the Effort to Write New Science Standards
Illinois is among the 26 lead states that have worked collaboratively to update science standards, called Next Generation Science Standards, under the guidance of Achieve, Inc.
These internationally-benchmarked standards provide a new vision for K-12 science and engineering education and set the stage for a significant shift in how those subjects may be viewed and taught in Illinois and across the nation.
8 states have adopted NGSS: Rhode Island, Kentucky, Vermont, Maryland, Kansas, Delaware, California and Washington.
NGSS was presented to the Illinois State Board of Education at the September 19, 2013 Board Meeting. The Board’s vote has begun the process described below.
|ISBE/NGSS Adoption Process* (Rev. 11/20/13)|
|September 19||1st Read of NGSS by Illinois State Board of Education
The Board voted to begin the process of adopting NGSS
|Oct 4 – Nov 18||45-day Public Comment Period|
|January||2nd Read of NGSS by Illinois State Board of Education|
|Feb-March||JCAR Review http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/
Official state Adoption follows
*This timeline is subject to change.
The following chart shows the proposed amendments to the Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) rules of the State Board. Public comment may be submitted on this item as long as the deadline has not yet passed, either via e-mail (addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org) or via standard mail (addressed to Shelley Helton, Agency Rules Coordinator, ISBE, 100 North First Street - S-493, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001). To check on the status of any item whose comment period has already ended, send an inquiry to email@example.com. To view any of the State Board's rules as they are currently in effect, go to "Rules Currently in Effect".
Title and Number of the Part
Public Comment period has ended; Board adoption is pending.
An active group working at the state level preparing for adoption and implementation is the Illinois Building Capacity for State Science Education (IL BCSSE).
This group is made up of a diverse group of K-12 educators, higher education, informal educators and representatives from business and industry. This core of this group originally served as the ISBE NGSS Lead State Review Committee. The charge for this group in the beginning was to provide review of the NGSS standards as they were released in order to provide guidance to the writers of NGSS. Following the release of NGSS in April, this group was then given a new charge and a new name. Currently, this talented group participates in important discussion guiding policy recommendation for NGSS adoption and implementation. Currently, IL BCSSE is in the process of forming committees to work on issues related to NGSS communications, professional development, partnerships and critical issues.
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
NSTA has been active in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition to providing feedback on drafts of the standards, NSTA has developed a variety of excellent resources to support teachers in understanding what is in the NGSS and Framework for K-12 Science Education which guided the development of NGSS.
- Building Capacity for State Science Education (BCSSE)
BCSSE, a project of the Council of State Science Supervisors, has developed a wide variety of resources to support teams, buildings, or districts to provide professional learning connected to the Framework and NGSS.
- Next Generation Science Standards and ELLs
Helen Quinn, chair of the Framework writing committee, and Okhee Lee, Professor of Education at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, discuss NGSS and ELLs. Helen Quinn and Okhee Lee summarize major shifts in the NGSS and share tools and resources to help teachers of ELLs navigate this new landscape. They also discuss language demands and learning opportunities as ELLs participate in the science and engineering practices.
If you have questions or comments please contact Gil Downey, Principal Consultant, College and Career Readiness Division at 217/782-4620 or at firstname.lastname@example.org