Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provide a framework for three-dimensional science teaching and learning in grades K-12 and set expectations for what students should be able to know and do in science. The NGSS were adopted by the Board of Education in February 2016 and will be fully implemented by the 2019–20 school year.
Developed by states and guided by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve, the standards reflect current research and best practices in science teaching and learning.
The development of the NGSS was guided by a three-dimensional approach: integrating Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas.
The NGSS are standards, which are goals that reflect what students should know and be able to do in science. The standards do not prescribe curriculum or instructional models. The standards do underscore the need for science for all students and an approach that addresses equity and diversity. -HI DOE Website