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High-quality science standards allow educators to teach effectively...
...moving their practice toward how students learn best...
...in a hands-on, collaborative, and integrated environment rooted in inquiry and discovery.
Kansas science teachers are finding that when we raise expectations...
...and give students the right tools and learning environment...
...students are capable of remarkable science literacy and achievement.
Our Kansas science standards have the potential to revolutionize science education.
Not only do these standards incorporate the most current research and findings of science...
...they also include the most up-to-date research on how students learn.
Our Kansas science standards allow students to think of science learning not as memorization of disconnected facts...
...but as a holistic understanding of integrated and interrelated concepts.
Our Kansas science standards connect scientific principles to real-world situations...
...allowing for more engaging and relevant content and instruction that clearly teaches complicated topics.
Our Kansas science standards better support educators to make science accessible and interesting to ALL students...
...by connecting learning over multiple years and across disciplines and grade...
...by actively engaging students...
...and by applying crosscutting concepts to deepen students’ understanding of core ideas.
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The standards and their appendices are provided below as pdfs, but you can
search and sort the standards by grade level
, or any of the dimensions of the standards online
. Appendix K (below) provides support to map courses for middle and high school.
Kansas Science Standards-- The 2013 Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science (KCCRSS)
In this section of documents, you will find the front matter for the standards and the K-12 standards themselves. Read the descriptions about each document for more details.
Introduction to the 2013 Kansas science standards
An executive summary of how these standards are different from previous standards (pdf)
How to Read the KCCRSS
A quick overview of how to interpret the information in the standards documents (pdf)
K-12 Kansas Science Standards --"topic" arrangement
THE 2013 KANSAS K-12 SCIENCE STANDARDS arranged by the topics that were originally used to write the standards (pdf)
K-12 Kansas Science Standards--"Disciplinary Core Ideas" arrangement
THE 2013 KANSAS K-12 SCIENCE STANDARDS arranged by the disciplinary core ideas dimension (pdf)-- for clarification, these are the SAME standards, but just arranged in a different order--use whichever one works better for you
Standard Evidence Statements
Evidence statements are resources provided to educators with additional detail about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction. These resources were not created to be used as a curriculum or limit/dictate instruction.
Kansas Science Standards-- Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science Progressions
Science and Engineering Practices Progressions
An NSTA summary of how the science and engineering practices develop in the standards across K-12 (adapted from appendix F)
Disciplinary Core Idea Progressions
An NSTA summary of how the disciplinary core ideas develop in the standards across K-12 (adapted from appendix E)
Crosscutting Concepts Progressions
An NSTA summary of how the crosscutting concepts develop in the standards across K-12 (adapted from appendix G)
Kansas Science Standards--Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science--Appendices
The appendices to the standards are fantastic resources to understand what these standards are all about and how to use the standards to advance instruction in our classrooms.
A-Conceptual Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards
A deeper look at the shifts that make these standards new and different (pdf)
B-Responses to the Public Drafts
A summary of the feedback to the two complete public drafts of these standards (pdf)
C-College and Career Readiness
A discussion of what college and career readiness looks like in science (pdf)
D-Diversity and Equity
Advice on how to ensure these standards are for ALL students (pdf)
D-Diversity and Equity--Case Studies
Zip file of the seven case studies referenced in Appendix D that provide examples of strategies classroom teachers can use to ensure that the NGSS are accessible to all students. Examples are included for elementary, middle, and high school. (zip file)
A summary table of how the disciplinary core ideas develop in the standards across K-12 (pdf)
F-Science and Engineering Practices across grades
A summary of how the science and engineering practices dimension develops across K-12 (pdf)
G-Crosscutting Concepts across grade levels
A summary of how the crosscutting concepts dimension develops across K-12 (pdf)
H-Nature of Science in KCCRSS
A summary of how the nature of science is woven throughout the standards (pdf)
I-Engineering Design in KCCRSS
A discussion of how and why engineering is integrated into these standards (pdf)
J-Science, Technology, Society and the Environment
An explanation of how the interdependence of science, engineering and technology, and the influence of science, engineering and technology on society and the natural world are incorporated into the standards (pdf)
K-Course Mapping 6-8 and 9-12
A pragmatic guide to making decisions about how to map out the 6-8 and 9-12 grade banded standards to courses (pdf)
L-Connections to Math Standards
An explanation of how these science standards were developed in a way that compliments the expectations in our Kansas Kansas math standards (pdf)
M-Connections to ELA Standards
An explanation of how these science standards were developed in a way that compliments the expectations in our Kansas Kansas English Language Arts (ELA) standards (pdf)
Lizette Burks, Ed.D.
K-12 Science Education Program Consultant
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