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Science Standards

The Oregon Science Standards were officially adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education in March 2014. We are now in the draft review phase of the Oregon Science Standards. If you would like to provide input on these draft standards, please use the 2022 Science Draft Standards Feedback form.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Oregon State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the new Oregon 2014 Science Standards on March 6, 2014. These Standards are posted below. The adoption includes the grade level middle school science standards sequence unanimously recommended by the Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel that was developed under the leadership of the California Science Experts Panel.

The Achieve NGSS website provides links to the NGSS organized by topic and by disciplinary core idea as well as supporting documents and resources in the appendices. The Next Generation Science Standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council (NRC). This framework is a powerful document that provides background information and the latest research to improve science teaching and learning. A PDF version of the NRC Framework is available for free download on the National Academies Press website.

These documents include the specific articulation of the Three-Dimensions (Science & Engineering Practices, Discipline Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts).

​The 6-12 literacy standards for Science and technical Subjects are not meant to replace the content standards in the sciences but rather to supplement them. The emphasis in the literacy standards is for students to learn to read and write in English Language Arts and to further develop reading and writing skills specific to science and technical subjects content.

​These documents can be used to assist in the communications around improving science education and the 2014 Oregon Science Standards.

​The content and assessment panel have developed a five-year transitional sample plan.