White Paper: A Guide to Meeting the Performance Expectations of the NGSS

The Next Generation Science Standards represent an exciting shift in science education in America. While the benefits are clear, how to achieve these new goals has presented educators with a new set of challenges. As the expectation of what students know and can do changes, the instructional methodology must change with it.

In this guide, you will learn:
  • A detailed explanation of the standards and insights as to what it takes to support educators with NGSS implementation
  • Instructional strategies to help students apply their knowledge and achieve the performance expectations of the NGSS
  • Curriculum resources to help educators align curriculum to NGSS


Success Stories



The collection of performance tasks developed by Defined Learning supports the UbD framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Through the utilization of ‘real world’ performance tasks and related resources, teachers engage their students in meaningful learning and authentic assessment – and that is the best preparation for the world outside of school.

Jay McTighe