The MA Draft Revised STE Standards are based on the NGSS but are an adaptation of NGSS. Both sets of standards have significant common foundations:
To allow educators and districts to access benefits of commonality across states, including use NGSS-aligned resources created elsewhere, the MA adaptation reflects NGSS as much as possible. This includes using the same coding/numbering system for standards and keeping K-5 standards in the grades NGSS assigned them to.
Yet public input from across the Commonwealth during the development of NGSS identified several aspects that needed some adaptation for Massachusetts. This table summarizes several key:
To implement these adaptations, Massachusetts has made edits to the wording of NGSS standards, made several adjustments to the scope of NGSS, and the middle and high school model presented in NGSS to increase consistency of interpretation, reduce the reliance on NGSS foundation boxes, and address college and career readiness.
Last Updated: January 9, 2014
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