Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 

In November of 2013, Washington adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as their Science standards. The NGSS are now called the Washington State Science Learning Standards (WSSLS).

The development of the Next Generation Science Standards began in 2010. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science collaborated on the Framework for K-12 Science Standards. Published in July 2011, the framework is divided into three parts:

  1. Practices: Describe how scientists build theories and models about the way our world, and systems within it, works.
  2. Crosscutting concepts: Concepts that apply to all four science domains.​
  3. Disciplinary core ideas: the foundational ideas needed for every student to be able to begin his or her own inquiries and practices.

Using the framework, Achieve Inc. managed the process of creating the new standards. A total of 26 lead states, including Washington, collaborated on the writing. Drafts were sent out for public comments on two occasions. The final version of the standards was released April 9, 2013.