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Next Generation Science Standards

West Virginia's adoption process for the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science began in October 2014. The standards clearly define the content and practices students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation.

West Virginia's Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science were generated from the national Next Generation Science Standards. The standards are not a curriculum. Districts, schools and teachers will determine their own curriculum, including what is taught throughout the year and how it is taught.

In 2011, West Virginia was announced as a Lead State Partner in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with Achieve, Inc. As a Lead State Partner, West Virginia educators will have a great degree of input on shaping the standards along with 25 other lead states.

NGSS Outreach Documents:

The guiding document for the NGSS is the Framework for K-12 Science Education published by the National Academies Press and available to download or read online.

Other information of interest:
The Need for New Science Standards
Next-Generation Science Standards Development Process
Frequently Asked Questions about the NGSS