Science Standards

On June 13, 2018 the Colorado State Board of Education adopted revised science standards, 2020 Standards. There will be a two year transition period for districts to transition to the new standards and assessment.

The revised Colorado Academic Standards for Science incorporate 3 of the 4 strands (physical, life, and earth and space science) from the NGSS standards within the Colorado standards template. The CAS does NOT include the fourth NGSS standard:  Engineering, Technology and Application of Science.

Standards Resources 

How does CAS compare to NGSS?

This document shows how the CAS templet and the NGSS templet are connected.

Science Colorado Academic Standards 2020 and Next Generation Science Standards.pdf

3 Dimensions Standards

3D Instruction

Nation  Research Council's  (NRC) Framework for Science Education -  Chapter on 3 Dimensional teaching, learning and assessment.

Grounding Documents

A Framework for K-12 Science Education represents the first step in a process to create new standards in K-12 science education.  Committee on a Conceptual Framework for New K-12 Science Education Standards was charged with developing a framework that articulates a broad set of expectations for students in science. The overarching goal of our framework for K-12 science education is to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to continue to learn about science outside school; and have the skills to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology.