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Colorado and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Next Generation Science Standards Released

On April 10, 2013 the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released. A frequently asked questions document about the NGSS can be found at:

As Colorado districts are in the midst of implementing the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) for science, the department plans to follow a thoughtful and sequenced approach to reviewing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

  • The department wants to appropriately balance the need to let districts implement the CAS in science with the interest from practitioners in reviewing and considering possible merits of the NGSS.
  • The department plans to engage science specialists to review the NGSS and prepare a cross-walk to the Colorado science standards. The cross-walk will be used to discuss with district leaders and science practitioners the similarities, differences, strengths, and weaknesses of the two sets of standards.
  • The department will identify appropriate next steps based on these discussions. Any proposed changes to the standards would be recommended only after receiving significant support and feedback from the practitioners and with an ample timeline for implementation.
  • The new state science assessment is currently being developed to assess the CAS. The assessment will be administered in the 2013-14 school year.
  • Changes to the state's standards would require action by the Colorado State Board of Education.

The NGSS and the Common Core State Standards were developed separately. Thus, NGSS are not the same as the Common Core, nor are they the same as the CAS for science. Colorado’s districts are responsible for implementing the CAS for science or for implementing standards that meet or exceed the expectations and requirements of the CAS.

To provide your thoughts and comments on Colorado's response to the NGSS, please complete our online survey.

For website assistance in Science, please contact Joanna Bruno.

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