The Next Generation Science Standards
To succeed in the 21st century, Vermont’s students need access to high-quality, research-based science education. In 2013, Vermont adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a foundation for science instruction. Based on the Framework for K-12 Education, the NGSS refocuses K-12 science education to improve readiness for college and STEM careers as well as preparing students to become informed, knowledgeable citizens. The standards are designed so that students apply scientific practices, ask questions, problem solve, make mistakes, and correct misconceptions, with the larger goal of reaching deeper scientific understanding.
- How to Read the Standards
- General NGSS Resources
- Parent Resources
- Professional Resources
- Instructional Resources
- Diversity and Equity
As of the 2017-2018 school year, Vermont will no longer be using the New England Common Assessment Programs (NECAP) to assess its students in science.
How does the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA) differs from the NECAP?
- VTSA is fully aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectations (PEs)
- VTSA will be given in grades 5, 8 and 11
- Students will be assessed online on same platform as Smarter Balanced Assessment
Email Margaret Carrera-Bly, or call (802) 828-5930.