The Next Generation Science Standards were adopted in 2013 as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science. These standards integrate science and engineering practices with crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas to provide students with both contextual understanding and application of concepts, encouraging critical and scientific thinking.
The National Research Council has facilitated the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, coordinating the states, the National Academies of Science, and the National Science Teachers Association, among others. The Next Generation Science Standards recognize the importance of science education in preparing students to be scientifically literate and informed consumers of knowledge. Kansas was one of 26 states to take an active leadership role in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.