The Albanian International School utilizes the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for all our science classes. The NGSS are K–12 science content standards that set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. A high-quality science education means that students will develop an in-depth understanding of content and develop key skills—communication, collaboration, inquiry, problem solving, and flexibility—that will serve them throughout their educational and professional live. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve were the lead partners in developing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. The Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core Ideas dimensions are combined to form each standard and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
To be competitive in the 21st century, American students must have the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and in the knowledge-based economy. Today, students are no longer just competing with their peers from other states but with students from across the globe.