New Jersey Department of Education

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New Jersey Student Learning Standards


Science Engineering Practices

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Matrices of Learning Progressions


A Framework for K-12 Science Education:  Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. National Research Council. (2012).Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences.

Next Generation Science Standards. NGSS Lead States. (2013).Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.  National Research Council. (2015).Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences

Professional Learning Resources

Primer on Science Instruction: This two-page document highlights some of the essential characteristics of evidence-based teaching practices.

Student Talk and Flowchart Protocols

SHORT COURSE: How to use Curriculum Adaptation to Adopt the New Vision for Science Education: This short course will help you learn how to implement the new vision for K-12 education through a curriculum adaptation strategy. The course links off to an extensive Curriculum Adaptation Toolkit that includes a broad set of materials to support teams in adapting instructional materials.

STEM Teaching Tools: This site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. 

Integrating Language Arts/ Literacy in the Science Classroom

Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas Stanford University, Graduate School of Education. (2014). Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas.

Appendixes to the NJSLS-S

Appendix A: Conceptual Shifts  Learn more about the conceptual shifts that make the NJSLS-S new and different.

Appendix B: Responses to Public Drafts  Describes the feedback on the draft NJSLS-S during each of the two public review periods, along with the writers' response to it.

Appendix C: College and Career Readiness  Learn about why student success in postsecondary education and careers will require a strong K-12 preparation in science.

Appendix D: All Standards, All Students   Case Studies  The Appendix and its case studies about diverse student groups address what classroom teachers can do to ensure that the NJSLS-S are accessible to all students.

Appendix E: Disciplinary Core Idea Progressions  Describes the DCI progressions across K-12, summarizing the main focus of the science disciplinary content at each grade band.

Appendix F: Science and Engineering Practices  Describes the progression of the practices across K-12, detailing the specific elements of each practice that are targets for students at each grade band.

Appendix G: Crosscutting Concepts  Describes the progression of the Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) across K-12, detailing the specific elements of each CCC that are targets for students at each grade band.

Appendix H: Nature of Science  Describes rationale for and research on the nature of science in the context of the NJSLS-S, and discusses how to emphasize the nature of science in school programs.

Appendix I: Engineering Design in the NJSLS-S  Describes the framing of Engineering Design concepts and practices throughout the NJSLS-S.

Appendix J: Science, Technology, Society, and the Environment  Learn how the interactions between science, technology, society, and the environment are addressed in the NJSLS-S.

Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School  Describes examples of ways to arrange the NJSLS-S into middle and high school courses or years.

Appendix L: Connections to Mathematics  Learn about the connections to Mathematics standards

Appendix M: Connections to Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects  Learn about the connections to Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects in the NJSLS-S.