Transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards
Over the past fifteen years, there have been significant advances in science and technology. Based on this and the need to prepare our students for an ever-changing world, the state of California adopted new science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), to improve science education for all students and improve academic achievement.
At TTUSD, part of our vision is that all of our scholars will be provided challenging and engaging learning opportunities in order to thrive in a globally competitive age. This transition to the new science standards plays an important role in our focus on preparing all of our students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate. "NGSS provides for planning instruction through the deliberate integration of Scientific and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. This way of learning enables students to see science as it relates to the real world, rather than as an isolated set of disciplines."
Our new science standards are essential as they provide more real-world applications for our scholars and teach our scholars valuable skills such as critical thinking and inquiry-based problem solving, both necessary to succeed in the 21st century.