Science Education

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2017 Science Standards

Approved Sept. 8, 2017

The standards can also be accessed from the Content Area Standards Webpage.

DRAFT Teacher’s Guides

to Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science

Key Instructional Shifts

Implementation Toolkit





Implementation Plan

Parent Guides

Science Assessment



Introduction to NCCRS-S Online Learning Modules: The Introduction to NCCRS-S modules are designed to present a foundation for future learning in additional courses. In this course, participants are introduced to; the key features of NCCRS-S, phenomena, and 3D assesssment (still in development). Open this LINK to view instructions.

MINK Webinar Series: Join educators from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas for a series of webinars. Topics include; Engage in Argument from Evidence, Phenomena, Develop and Use Models, and 3-D Assessment. Each topic will be explored in a series of 3 webinars designed to help you learn, apply, share, and reflect. College credit is available. Open this LINK to register and learn more. Webinar series begins Thursday, February 7 3:30-4:30 CT.

OpenSciEd Middle School Curriculum Workshop: In this 4 day workshop, Deeply Experience Instructional Materials so you are ready to engage your students this fall! 6th Grade Unit: Thermal Energy, 7th Grade Unit: Metabolic Reactions, 8th Grade Unit: Sound– Open this LINK to register and learn more. Workshop will be held in Grand Island July 15-18.


Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science (NCCRS-S) were adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on September 8, 2017.  The development of Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science were guided by The National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education . As standards are only guidelines for instruction and not panaceas for change; moving toward research-based instructional practices requires ongoing, collaborative work among Nebraska’s teaching and learning professionals.

The Teacher’s Guides provide additional support for educators to interpret and implement the standards.  Revisions will continue until all necessary components are included.
K-2 (rev_8_8_18)
3-5 (rev 8_6_18)
6-8 (revised 2/09/18)
HS Physical Science (revised 2/10/18)
HS Earth Space Science (revised 2/18/18)
HS Life Science (revised 2/11/18)

Academic standards provide a framework for ensuring quality teaching and learning, but quality implementation requires key shifts that are essential to fulfill the vision of Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards.
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English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

This series provides resources to help guide implementation of Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science. While not exhaustive, the Toolkit presents a variety of resources to serve the outcomes for successful implementation.
NE Science Implementation Toolkit
Stage 1 Resources
Stage 2 Resources
Stage 3 Resources
Stage 4 Resources

The Implementation Plan is designed to support the gradual implementation of Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science while building capacity within all grade bands. State-level supports will be designed following this implementation plan. Local districts are encouraged to develop local implementation plans that meet district needs.

English Versions: K-2  3-5  6-8  9-12
Spanish Versions: K-2  3-5  6-8  9-12

Science Assessment Development Application
NSCAS Application 2019

#NEPhenomena Science assessments designed for Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science begins with you! Share your ideas for phenomena that are engaging and relevant to your students at this link.

To learn more about phenomena and why they are important, explore Outcome 3 in the Science Implementation Toolkit Stage 1 Resources

“Science is more than a body of knowledge.
It is a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe
with a fine understanding of human fallibility.”
~ Carl Sagan

Updated April 10, 2019 12:07pm