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  • The new Michigan Science Standards (MSS) were adopted in Michigan in November 2015. These standards are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Click here to view the MSS.


  • The MSS and NGSS are written as performance expectations that integrate three dimensions of science learning: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. Click here to learn more about these three dimensions.


  • The MSS lists only the performance expectations, but interpreting them requires additional information about each of the three dimensions and assessment boundaries. This can be found in the assessable components, foundation boxes, and connection boxes of the NGSS.Click here for clarification on how to read the NGSS.


  • The NGSS can be viewed in two different ways: by disciplinary core idea or by topic arrangement. These are two different ways of organizing the same performance expectations. It is important to know that the MSS reflect the topic arrangement. Click here to find the topic arrangement of the NGSS.


  • Both the MSS and NGSS are based on a report from the National Research Council called A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The Framework provided the research and rationale for the development of the NGSS and lays out the vision for three-dimensional science teaching and learning. The item writers for the new science M-STEP assessment are using the Framework to interpret the MSS and align items to the standards. Reading the Framework will provide educators with a deeper understanding of the shifts in curriculum, instruction, and assessment required to implement the new MSS. To access the Framework, click here.


  • The NGSS website provides a wealth of other information and resources for the implementation of the new MSS. Click here to access the NGSS home page.

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