Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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NGSS Documents

Arkansas and 25 other lead states partnered with the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, Achieve and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

With much support from educators, the Arkansas State Board of Education (SBE) unanimously voted on June 10, 2015 to adopt the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards for Grades K-4 and 5-8 which were based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Nine new high school science courses were unanimously adopted by the SBE on December 8, 2016.

The NGSS standards are available at

NGSS implementation tools and resources are available at

Appendices and NGSS supporting documents are available at



For more information, please contact:

Michele Snyder, Science Specialist for Curriculum and Instruction
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-7942

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