SCIENCE STANDARDS provide a general outline of the science practices, concepts, ideas and topics that children should learn at each grade level.
Science standards vary by state. Some states follow the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were produced as a collaboration among the various states. Some states use the NGSS framework to create their own state-specific science standards. And some states create state-specific science standards independent of the NGSS.
Click the map below to learn more about the science standards for your state.
Every course in the Smart Peg Lab is aligned to one or more of the K-12 science standards from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The sections below give a general overview of the standards for your child’s grade level. Click on a standard to learn more about it.
Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs) – all grade levels
From nextgenscience.org: Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems.
Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) – all grade levels
From nextgenscience.org: Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.
Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs)
From nextgenscience.org: Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines.
Science Standards by Topic