Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce:

Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS) is committed to moving its instructional practices to reflect the new Next Generation Science Standards. We are currently working on creating curriculum in all of our core science classes to reflect a new integrated model below. JMMS will be teaching course 1 in 6th grade, course 2 in 7th grade and course 3 in 8th grade. You will notice, throughout the 2016-17 school year, teachers and students work in a variety of content standards that are integrated. For example, you will not only see Earth science in 6th grade, but rather a hybrid of Earth science in each of the three years of science at JMMS.

Table: California Integrated Learning Progression Model – Middle School The table below connects the middle school NGSS performance expectations to the component ideas from the Framework. These connections are taken from the information in the NGSS foundation boxes. In this table, the component ideas are arranged into courses based on California’s revised organization.