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The Next Generation Science Standards for high school are a set of performance expectations that are organized by disciplinary core ideas (in life sciences, physical sciences, and earth and space sciences) and by topic (such as chemical reactions, structure and function, or history of Earth). These arrangements are provided on this page.

School districts will need to organize and arrange the performance expectations into courses based on what is appropriate for their students and programs. Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School is a tool to guide the decision-making process. The four models outlined in Appendix K are summarized on this page and are meant as a starting place for district teams to begin a discussion and begin the process or setting up high school science courses aligned to NGSS.

 


CA NGSS High School DCI Arrangement

CA NGSS High School Topic Arrangement

NGSS High School Course Models Outline


CA NGSS High School DCI Arrangement

    PS - Physical Sciences
    LS - Life Sciences
    ESS - Earth and Space Sciences
    ETS - Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
    All CA NGSS Standards - High School - DCI Arrangement

    NGSS High School Course Models Outline

    It is strongly recommended that district teams carefully read and study Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School before reviewing the models outlined below. Of primary consideration is district graduation requirements for science. To effectively teach ALL standards for ALL students, the models are built with a minimum of three courses.

    Model 1: Conceptual Progressions Model
    The grade banded PEs are organized so that student understanding of concepts is built progressively throughout the course sequence. This model maps PEs into courses based on what concepts are needed for support without focusing on keeping disciplines separate.

    Model 1: Conceptual Progressions Model
    Integrated Course #1 Integrated Course #2 Integrated Course #3

    Model 2: Science Domains Model
    The grade banded PEs are organized into content-specific courses that match the three science domains of the NRC Framework: Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science. Since the engineering domain is mostly integrated into the other three disciplines in the NGSS, the four stand-alone engineering PEs in each of the grade bands are connected to all three courses at both levels.

    Model 2: Science Domains Model
    Physical Science Course Life Science Course Earth and Space Science Course


    Model 3: Modified Science Domains Model
    The 9-12 grade band PEs are organized into content-specific courses that match a common high school course sequence of biology, chemistry, and physics. To ensure all students have access to all standards, the PEs connected to the Earth and Space Science domain of the NRC Frameworkare divided among these courses.

    Model 3: Modified Science Domains Model
    Biology
    (includes Earth and Space Science Core Ideas)
    Chemistry
    (includes Earth and Space Science Core Ideas)
    Physics
    (includes Earth and Space Science Core Ideas)


    Model 4: Four Course Model
    The component ideas are arranged into the courses based on the organization described in the Modified Science Domains Model - biology, chemistry, and physics - with a fourth course added for Earth and Space Science. 

    Model 4: Four Course Model
    Biology Chemistry Physics Earth and Space Science



    The table below summarizes the organization of NGSS performance expectations within the different courses for each model. More details about each of the course models can be found in Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School.



    Conceptual Progression Model

    Science Domains Model

    Modified Science Domains Model

    Four Course Model

    DCI

    PE

    Course 1

    Course 2

    Course 3

    Physical Science

    Life Science

    Earth & Space Science

    Biology

    Chemistry

    Physics

    Biology

    Chemistry

    Physics

    Earth & Space Science

    LS1.A

    HS-LS1-1


    X



    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS1-2


    X



    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS1-3


    X



    X


    X



    X




    LS1.B

    HS-LS1-4


    X



    X


    X



    X




    LS1.C

    HS-LS1-5


    X



    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS1-6


    X



    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS1-7


    X



    X


    X



    X




    LS2.A

    HS-LS2-1

    X




    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS2-2

    X


    X


    X


    X



    X




    LS2.B

    HS-LS2-3


    X



    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS2-4


    X



    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS2-5


    X



    X


    X



    X




    LS2.C

    HS-LS2-6



    X


    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS2-7



    X


    X


    X



    X




    LS2.D

    HS-LS2-8



    X


    X


    X



    X




    LS3.A

    HS-LS3-1


    X



    X


    X



    X




    LS3.B

    HS-LS3-2


    X



    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS3-3


    X



    X


    X



    X




    LS4.A

    HS-LS4-1



    X


    X


    X



    X




    LS4.B

    HS-LS4-2



    X


    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS4-3



    X


    X


    X



    X




    LS4.C

    HS-LS4-4



    X


    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS4-5



    X


    X


    X



    X





    HS-LS4-6



    X


    X


    X



    X




    PS1.A

    HS-PS1-1

    X



    X




    X



    X




    HS-PS1-2

    X



    X




    X



    X




    HS-PS1-3

    X



    X




    X



    X




    HS-PS1-4

    X



    X




    X



    X



    PS1.B

    HS-PS1-5

    X



    X




    X



    X




    HS-PS1-6

    X



    X




    X



    X




    HS-PS1-7

    X



    X




    X



    X



    PS1.C

    HS-PS1-8



    X

    X




    X




    X


    PS2.A

    HS-PS2-1

    X



    X





    X



    X



    HS-PS2-2

    X



    X





    X



    X



    HS-PS2-3

    X



    X





    X



    X


    PS2.B

    HS-PS2-4

    X



    X





    X



    X



    HS-PS2-5

    X



    X





    X



    X



    HS-PS2-6

    X



    X





    X



    X


    PS3.A

    HS-PS3-2

    X



    X





    X



    X


    PS3.B

    HS-PS3-1

    X



    X




    X

    X


    X

    X



    HS-PS3-4

    X

    X


    X




    X

    X


    X



    PS3.C

    HS-PS3-5


    X


    X





    X



    X


    PS3.D

    HS-PS3-3

    X

    X


    X




    X

    X


    X

    X


    PS4.A

    HS-PS4-1

    X



    X





    X



    X



    HS-PS4-2

    X



    X





    X



    X



    HS-PS4-3

    X

    X


    X





    X



    X



    HS-PS4-5

    X

    X


    X





    X



    X


    PS4.B

    HS-PS4-4


    X


    X





    X



    X


    ESS1.A

    HS-ESS1-1


    X




    X



    X




    X


    HS-ESS1-2


    X




    X



    X




    X


    HS-ESS1-3


    X




    X



    X




    X

    ESS1.B

    HS-ESS1-4

    X





    X



    X




    X

    ESS1.C

    HS-ESS1-5



    X



    X

    X






    X


    HS-ESS1-6



    X



    X

    X






    X

    ESS2.A

    HS-ESS2-1

    X

    X




    X



    X




    X


    HS-ESS2-2


    X




    X



    X




    X


    HS-ESS2-3

    X

    X




    X



    X




    X


    HS-ESS2-4


    X

    X



    X


    X





    X

    ESS2.C

    HS-ESS2-5

    X





    X


    X





    X

    ESS2.D

    HS-ESS2-6


    X




    X


    X





    X


    HS-ESS2-7



    X



    X

    X

    X





    X

    ESS3.A

    HS-ESS3-1


    X

    X



    X

    X

    X





    X


    HS-ESS3-2

    X





    X


    X





    X

    ESS3.C

    HS-ESS3-3



    X



    X

    X






    X


    HS-ESS3-4



    X



    X

    X






    X

    ESS3.D

    HS-ESS3-5



    X



    X


    X





    X


    HS-ESS3-6



    X



    X


    X





    X

    ETS1.A

    HS-ETS1-1

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    ETS1.B

    HS-ETS1-3

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X


    HS-ETS1-4

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    ETS1.C

    HS-ETS1-2

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X






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