NGSS Resources

The NJSTA NGSS Resource Center is a resource for all things NGSS. It is under constant construction as new resources are posted and shared. We are trying to share resources to help you understand the intent of the standards and strategies for teaching them. This is a space designed for you. If you know of a great resource, please share it with us so that we can make this page even better. 

NGSS: Next Generation Science Standards 

NGSS is based on the "A Framework for Science Education"  published by the National Academies Press in 2012. Download a PDF Copy from "Next Generation Science Standards" from the National Academies Press.

The best resource for learning about NGSS is NextGenScience. It is literally where to find the standards. There are articles to look at how to decode and read the standards.  Here are additional resources for understanding the standards:

The columns below list the basic Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Science and Engineering Practices (SEP's) described in the Next Generation Science Standards. This is for reference. Links will be added to content background and lesson ideas as we continue to build the NJSTA online community. 

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Earth and Space Sciences (ESS)

Life Sciences (LS)

Physical Sciences (PS)

Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science (ETS)

Crosscutting Concepts

1. Patterns 

2. Cause and effect 

3. Scale, proportion, and quantity 

4. Systems and system models

5. Energy and matter

6. Structure and function 

7. Stability and change 

Science and Engineering Practices

1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

2. Developing and using models

3. Planning and carrying out investigations

4. Analyzing and interpreting data

5. Using mathematics and computational thinking

6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

7. Engaging in argument from evidence

8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

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