Poster or Presentation Title

Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Environmental Science

Abstract

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is an inter-state effort to improve the work done in science education across all subjects. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Research Council set these standards for content, applications, and cross-cutting concepts to improve student performance in science classrooms. In this analysis, we explore the development and implementation of NGSS, and analyze their effectiveness in improving student performance in and attitudes toward science in the classroom and beyond. We found that there is little quantitative data regarding improved test scores with respect to implementation of NGSS due to the lack of formative ways to measure NGSS’ effectiveness. In this analysis, we also looked at NGSS and how the structure compares to the Common Core and Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) structure. We acknowledge that NGSS is still a relatively new model for science education, and have not been implemented in all states and districts in the United States. Testing and teaching procedures that employ and compliment NGSS are still in development in jurisdictions where they have been implemented, and it will take more time to assess their effectiveness in improving science education holistically. Nevertheless, the model seems to have had an overall positive effect thus far, and it can serve as a rigorous and promising outline in the professional and educational development of current and new science learners and educators.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gregory Eaton, University of Lynchburg

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Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is an inter-state effort to improve the work done in science education across all subjects. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Research Council set these standards for content, applications, and cross-cutting concepts to improve student performance in science classrooms. In this analysis, we explore the development and implementation of NGSS, and analyze their effectiveness in improving student performance in and attitudes toward science in the classroom and beyond. We found that there is little quantitative data regarding improved test scores with respect to implementation of NGSS due to the lack of formative ways to measure NGSS’ effectiveness. In this analysis, we also looked at NGSS and how the structure compares to the Common Core and Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) structure. We acknowledge that NGSS is still a relatively new model for science education, and have not been implemented in all states and districts in the United States. Testing and teaching procedures that employ and compliment NGSS are still in development in jurisdictions where they have been implemented, and it will take more time to assess their effectiveness in improving science education holistically. Nevertheless, the model seems to have had an overall positive effect thus far, and it can serve as a rigorous and promising outline in the professional and educational development of current and new science learners and educators.