The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provide an important opportunity to improve not only science education but also student achievement. Based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education, the NGSS are intended to reflect a new vision for American science education. The following conceptual shifts in the NGSS demonstrate what is new and different about the NGSS:
The vision represented in the Framework is new in that students must be engaged at the nexus of the three dimensions:
- Science and Engineering Practice
- Crosscutting Concepts
- Disciplinary Core Ideas.