What are the Next Generation Science Standards?
In June 2013, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted the K–12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the state’s guiding document for science curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The Next Generation Science Standards reflect the most current research about how students learn science content best: by actively engaging in science practices and by designing engineering solutions to meet human needs in an age-appropriate progression of core ideas, practices, and unifying themes (called cross-cutting concepts).
VEEP aims to support educators during their standards integration process by clearly showing how VEEP programs and curricula align with the NGSS and can help prepare students to meet the performance expectations of NGSS.
For 20 years, VEEP programs and curricula have focused on engineering and technology using best practices in STEM education to engage students in explorations about energy. Our action-oriented, rigorous educational approach helps teachers learn and implement strategies that guide students toward energy literacy while simultaneously working to help them achieve the Next Generation Science Standards.