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Science Adoption


Sandie Grinnell

Science & STEAM Leadership TOSA

Hillsboro School District

Phone: 503-844-1500 ext. 1556

FAX: 503-844-1782


Next Generation Science Standards and District Science Adoption Background

In 2010, the National Academy of Sciences, Achieve, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Science Teachers Association embarked on a two-step process to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


The first step of the process was led by The National Academies of Science, a non-governmental organization commissioned in 1863 to advise the nation on scientific and engineering issues. On July 19, 2011, the National Research Council (NRC), the functional staffing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, released the Framework for K–12 Science Education. The Framework was a critical first step because it is grounded in the most current research on science and scientific learning, and it identifies the science all K–12 students should know.


The second step in the process was the development of standards grounded in the NRC Framework. A group of 26 lead states (including Oregon) and 40 writers, in a process managed by Achieve, worked on developing these K-12 Next Generation Science Standards. The standards underwent numerous state reviews as well as two public comment periods. In April of 2013, the NGSS were released for states to consider adoption. Click here to read more...

Frequently Asked Questions
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Why is a common high school science course sequence desirable?

What is the new high school science course sequence?

Why “physics first”?

What benefits have been seen in school districts that have moved to a physics first model?

How will a freshman physics class differ from a junior-level physics class?

Will students be prepared for the mathematics required for the freshman physics course?

Because we haven't completed our science adoption, what materials will be used to teach the Freshman Physics course? Who is deciding on those?

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