According to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) website, the NGSS are designed to prepare U.S. students “to be informed citizens in a democracy and knowledgeable consumers.” Developed by education leaders in 26 states, the NGSS assert that “all students must have a solid K–12 science education that prepares them for college and careers.” The standards were finalized in 2013 and have now been adopted by 18 states, plus the District of Columbia. Complete NGSS correlations are now available for all 64 activities in the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 (Guide 2.0).
The original correlations for Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 were completed in 2011, based on the "Framework K–12 Science Education" that was created as a forerunner to the NGSS. After a complete review of Guide 2.0’s NGSS correlations after the new standards were released, reviewers determined that all of the activities should be re-correlated to reflect the final version of the NGSS. After more than two years of work, the process of re-correlating Guide 2.0 was completed earlier this year.
Project WET used three correlators familiar with both the NGSS and Project WET to correlate activities to the grade bands defined by NGSS. Correlators created a document for each grade band where the activities correlated to or supported a NGSS performance expectation (PE). The correlations were then reviewed by 25 science curriculum specialists across the United States, a few of whom helped to write the NGSS. Correlation documents were confirmed, edited and updated based on these reviews.
The result is 120 correlations documents for Guide 2.0 and 85 documents for Guide 1.0. Each correlation document offers detailed information on how activities meet each of the three dimensions of a given performance expectation.
The correlations are available to view in table format or in a detailed document describing how each activity addresses the three dimensions of the correlated NGSS performance expectations. Individual correlation documents for each activity are available on the Water Education Portal under the respective activity. Portal membership is included with Guide 2.0 after participation in a Project WET Educator Workshop. Contact the Project WET partner in your area for more information on available workshops.