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The USD 417 Science Subject Area Committee (SAC), with representatives K-12, met in the summers of 2016 and 2017 to study and plan for the switch of our science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The SAC finalized our local science curriculum during the summer of 2017 and all K-12 grade levels were expected to make the official switch to the new NGSS during the 2017-18 school year.

The NGSS are organized into three dimensions:  Scientific & Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts across all fields, and Disciplinary Core Ideas (Life, Physical, Earth & Space, and Engineering).  The NGSS give us Performance Expectations for each grade level K-5, and for Middle School and High School.  These guide what we expect to see from students at each grade level and are also what the state science assessment in grades 5, 8, and 11 are built upon.


To see the progression of each dimension across all grade levels, see the following documents:

K-12 Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) Progressions

K-12 Science & Engineering Practices (SEP) Progressions

K-12 Crosscutting Concepts (CC) Progressions

Performance Expectations for grade levels K-5 and the Middle School band are below.  The STEMscopes and HMH Dimensions programs, adopted by our district, teach the Performance Expectations through the assigned units and modules shown below.  All three dimensions are addressed in each Performance Expectation.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

K-2 Engineering & Technology

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

3-5 Engineering & Technology

STEMscopes Units (Storylines) per Grade Level K-5

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Life Science

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Physical Science

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Earth & Space Science

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Engineering & Technology

Dimensions Modules per Grade Level 6-8

Performance Expectations for the High School grade bands are linked below.  The list of required and elective high school courses are also shown.

9th-12th Life Science

9th-12th Physical Science

9th-12th Earth & Space Science

9th-12th Engineering & Technology

9th Grade Integrated Physics

10th Grade Integrated Chemistry

11th Grade Integrated Biology

Anatomy & Physiology elective*

Advanced Physics elective*

Engineering Design elective*

*course information for the elective courses will be posted Summer of 2018


The link to the NGSS site is https://www.nextgenscience.org/





Notice of Non-discrimination:   USD #417 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nancy L. Meyer, 17 S Wood Street, Council Grove, Kansas 66846 (620)767-5192