On Tuesday November 10, 2015 the Michigan Board of Education voted to adopt the Michigan Science Standards by a vote of seven to one. Michigan, one of the original lead states, is the 17th state to have adopted the Performance Expectations from the Next Generation Science Standards. The Michigan Science Standards are the performance expectations from the Next Generation Science Standards.

Please CLICK HERE to download a copy of the approved Michigan Science Standards.

Implementing the Michigan Science Standards

Do you need help in designing your science curriculum, to meet the changes in the Michigan Science Standards?  If so, you may want to use the new Curriculum Coherence Document, developed at Wayne RESA.  The purpose of the document is to help you save time as you navigate through the curriculum process.  To download the document, please CLICK HERE.

NGSS Transition Plan  


Michigan Science Standards are the Performance Expectations from the Next Generation Science Standards

The complete Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are available for downoad at: http://nextgenscience.org. The National Science Teachers Association provides resources to support the Next Generation Science Standards.  To access these resources please visit:  http://www.nsta.org/ngss

The best way to understand our new standards is to read the book, "A Framework for K-12 Science Education". To download a free copy of the K-12 Framework, please click HERE.   




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Understand the Standards Before You Commit

MDE is actually encouraging everyone to slow down and understand the MI Science Standards before writing assessments and making course sequence changes, etc. Below is an example of what your transition plan might look like.



Stages not marked by years because they build on each other. For more information please see the NGSS Transition Plan  

I would encourage everyone to really understand NGSS K-12 before you purchase new materials, create assessments, write lessons, etc. For example, at the MS and HS level, Performance Expectations (PE's) can be arranged in many different ways. The way you arrange them may not be the same way that others have arranged them. Thus, resources such as textbooks, kit-based science programs, units and lessons may not align to your organization of the PE's. That means that you will have to either change your organization of the PE's at a later date or create everything yourself.

For example, this is a Sample NGSX Chemistry Course - This is only one possibility of what an NGSX aligned science course might look like. In fact, you may not even want to call it chemistry. Please use this as a spring board for discussion and creativity. Notice that the collection of PE's may not align to a particular textbook or other resource. If you commit yourself at this point, it may be difficult for you to find assessments and resource materials that align with the course you have created. Another way to go about this is to spend more time making sure every teacher understands the shifts and vision of NGSS and then try to pilot materials (lessons, units, kit-based science programs, etc.) that align to NGSS.

I would really encourage your team to thoroughly understand NGSS before any drastic changes are made. From my own experience, understanding all these changes is quite a shift. You may want all your team to go through some of the professional learning that we provide at RESA such as NGSX (Please see information below regarding NGSX).

NGSX @Wayne RESA: Next Generation Science Exemplar

Professional Learning Opportunity, Nationally Developed, Locally Implemented



Have you signed up for one of our NGSX cohorts? To understand how this professional learning will support your implementation of the new science standards. See this video.

You can find out a bit more about the storyline tools here along with some sample storylines and associated lesson plans.

Is there a process that will help me unpack the new Michigan Science Standards?

You may want to first unpack the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI's).

  1. To access the disciplinary core ideas in your grade-level or course, please click here and click on "Search the Standards".
  2. Select "Standards By Topic" (this is how Michigan is organizing the standards).
  3. Scroll down and select your grade span. Next, click on the science topics you are interested in and you will see all your performance expectations (PE's) listed.
  4. Each PE is composed of all 3 dimensions. The dimensions associated with the PE are displayed in boxes below the PE. The orange box in the middle is the Disciplinary Core Idea. When you click on this DCI it will take you to the explanation of this target found in the book A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. This explanation is what the DCI is based on. Please click here to see an Example of Unpacking Performance Expectations
  5. Please also take into consideration the Science and Engineering Practices and the Crosscutting Concepts. To get a complete picture of the Science and Engineering Practices please read the book A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. You may also want to read the appendices. Please see the information below that describes how to access the appendices.


Science Assessment

For information on Michigan's science assessment, please go to www.resa.net/scienceassessment or click this webpage.


Graduation Requirements

In August 2014 the state modified the wording of the science requirement for graduation. What used to say :

"1 credit in biology, 1 credit in chemistry OR physics, and 1 additional science class"

now reads:

"at least 3 credits in science that are aligned with the subject area content expectations developed by the department (State Department of Education) and approved by the state board under this section".

The interpretation is that students who graduate should experience ALL of the state science standards, which are now the Michigan Science Standards (MSS) and are the Performance Expectations (PE's) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

To search for your performance expectations in your grade-level or course, please go to www.nextgenscience.org.  Then follow the procedure described in the update above, "Aligning Curriculum for Next Year".

We have some districts that are already looking into this. For example, the course sequence below distributes Earth Science Performance Expectations throughout several courses:

Physics (Astronomy)
Chemistry Earth Systems (Geology, Weather and Climate)
Biology Earth Systems (Environmental, History of Earth)
Optional Advanced Science Courses (AP, IB, H, Dual Enrollment)

If chemistry and biology teachers are expected to incorporate Earth and Space Science into their courses, these teachers will need to be well versed in the treatment of those topics to provide the depth necessary for meeting the high school expectations.

I am not aware of many resources available that are aligned to NGSS to support this Course Pathway. That being said, I am checking around to see what might be out there. For now, you might want to check out the resource below:

Here is the link to information about MSUs Interactions and its portal, http://concord.org/projects/interactions#about  

To explore other course sequencing options, please check out:

Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School for the Next Generation Science Standards

Sample NGSX Chemistry Course - This is only one possibility of what an NGSX aligned science course might look like. Please use this as a spring board for discussion and creativity.



A Framework for K-12 Science Education

"A Framework for K-12 Science Education" is available online for free. It describes the major practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school, and it provides an outline of how these practices, concepts, and ideas should be developed across the grade levels. The Framework is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and was the first critical step in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

"A Framework for K-12 Science Education," in a process managed by Achieve, 26 states lead the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. 

To download a copy of the K-12 Framework, please click HERE.   

Online Blended Learning Course on NGSS with Dr. Greg Johnson 

If you would like to participate in a NGSS online blended learning course, led by Greg Johnson, please CLICK HERE.

Impact of the Michigan Science Standards on Assessment 

To learn more about the Michigan Science Standards and Assessment, please CLICK HERE.

The Michigan Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards Require Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching

Please click HERE to view the Ambitious Science Teaching Website. Great teaching can be learned. This website provides tools and resources that support ambitious science instruction at the middle school and high school levels. Ambitious teaching deliberately aims to get students of all racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds to understand science ideas, participate in the discourses of the discipline, and solve authentic problems. They describe 4 core instructional strategies that support this kind of teaching. These “high-leverage” practices make up the Science Learning Framework, and have been selected based on extensive research of how young people learn science, on authentic forms of science activity, and how teachers learn to appropriate new practices.  MIExcel (MDE's efforts to define the blueprint for district turnaround) recommends the vision of ambitious science.  You can download this vision by CLICKING HERE.  

FREE Posters on the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Thanks to the Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD Mathematics and Science Center, we have FREE downloadable posters for elementary students/teachers and middle school and high school students/teachers, that they developed.  

Please CLICK HERE  for a poster showing the Elementary Science and Engineering Principles.

Please CLICK HERE  for a poster showing the Middle School and High School Science and Engineering Practices.  

Thanks again to the EUP Mathematics and Science Center for sharing their work with us. 

Free Copy of the NGSS 

To download a FREE copy of the NGSS, or to order a printed copy of the NGSS, please CLICK HERE.

Free NGSS App 

You can download the FREE Next Generation Science Standards App.  To download the iPad App, please CLICK HERE .  To download the iPhone App, please CLICK HERE.  

In the NGSS Classroom with Teacher Kristin Mayer Video Series

These 8 videos introduce science teachers to important strategies based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This collection of videos highlights the major shifts in science instruction, explore the new role of the teacher, and demonstrate new instructional strategies in the high school classroom. The project was led by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with funding from Disney, and the video and lesson development was led by CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, in partnership with Concord Consortium, and The University of Michigan. To view the video series, please CLICK HERE.

NGSS Videos on the Teaching Channel

Four NGSS videos are now available through the Teaching Channel.  Achieve and Teaching Channel collaborated to produce videos that present an overview of key innovation in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a deeper dive into each of the NGSS' three dimentions.  Please click HERE to view the videos

NGSS Professional Development Workshops from CREATE for STEM

Getting to Know the Next Generation of Science Standards is a set of training materials being developed by partners from CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University and Michigan NGSS External Review Team members for use by trainers providing professional development about the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) to teachers. The training materials are in-depth and incorporate instructional components including activities to support the teachers' interaction with the content. As indicated below, some workshops are complete and availabe for use, some in development, and some currently undergoing review by members of the Michigan NGSS External Review Team. The next step will be to pilot the materials. Down the road, these materials will be housed as part of a common website with rich video material and resources. Please click HERE to view the resources. 


NGSS on Twitter

Follow the conversation on the Next Generation Science Standards on Twitter. Just use #NGSS.

NGSS on Pinterest

Follow along with NGSS resources on Pinterest, provided by GLOBE.  To access the resources, please CLICK HERE. 

Bozeman Science and the NGSS 

Have you heard of Bozeman Science?  Paul Anderson maintains the Bozeman resources.  Paul has been teaching high school science for the last nineteen years.  He has been teaching science on YouTube for the last three years.  Paul spent the first seven years teaching all of the science classes at a small rural school in northern Montana.  Paul is currently a science teacher and technology specialist at Bozeman High School.  This video series covers the concepts contained within the K-12 Science Framework. It contains 8 practices, 7 crosscutting concepts, and 44 disciplinary core ideas.  You can view the series on YouTube by CLICKING HERE. 


Implementing the NGSS: Hallmarks of a Fully Realized School System.

DePaul University convened a working group to provide a set of recommendations to districts and schools around the upcoming transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The working group included 19 members from universities (both science and education experts), schools systems (both within and outside of CPS, including teachers, principals, network administrators, and central office administrators) and non formal educational institutions. The essential question that was addressed by the group was how we can ensure that all students receive a high quality, rigorous education in science that will prepare them to be informed citizens and demonstrate to them the personal and societal value of science and engineering. In the report the group described the hallmarks or elements of an educational system that is fully aligned with the NGSS, focusing on three clusters of actions: curriculum and instruction, assessment, and system capacity. The group presented this picture to serve as a vision for districts, schools, and classrooms as administrators and teachers begin their conversations about how to implement these "fewer, clearer and higher" standards. Following these hallmarks, the group outlined some suggestions for closing the gap between the current reality and the vision for K-12 science education. Download the policy brief by CLICKING HERE.



Achieve and the Teaching Channel Releases New Classroom Videos Demonstrating Transitions to NGSS

The featured classroom examples illustrate how some educators are transitioning instruction to help students meet the goals of the NGSS. The snapshots demonstrate how specific teachers are beginning to transition to the standards and offer guidance to educators currently considering how to best engage students in three-dimensional learning.

Video 1: Energy & Matter Across Science Disciplines

Video 2: Making Claims from Evidence

Video 3: First Steps Towards Transitioning to the NGSS

Video 4: Working as a Team

Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School for the Next Generation Science Standards


Sample NGSX Chemistry Course -  This is only one possibility of what an NGSX aligned science course might look like. Please use this as a spring board for discussion and creativity.


NGSS Overview for Principals

To participate in our NGSS online course please go to www.resa.net/ngss-pd  

To explore the 8 Science and Engineering Practices, please go here



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