Science Curriculum Standards

All aspects of K - 12 science programs must be aligned with the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Expectations should be implemented within and across grade levels to meet or exceed the standards and expectations. The curriculum should be brain compatible, inquiry based, promote problem solving, and support the Teaching and Learning Standards.


The Next Generation Science Standards were released in May, 2013.  Please click HERE  to visit the Next Generation Science Standards Website.  Through a collaborative, state-led process, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS will be based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council. 

A group of 20 states has been selected to lead an important effort to improve science education for all students.  The 20 states will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a state-led effort that will clearly define the content and practices all students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve, a non-partisan education non-profit.

"The Lead State Partners will provide important leadership and guidance throughout the development of the Next Generation Science Standards and are to be congratulated for making a strong commitment to science education,” said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve. “This will be a collaborative process that will lead to a set of standards that provides America’s students a strong foundation in science for the 21st century and supports college and career readiness for all."

The Lead State Partners are Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, MICHIGAN, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. 

Common Core Literacy

The Common Core State Standards, in literacy, provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Please click HERE to view the grade 6 - 12 literacy standards in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

At this time, there is no common core in science.


In this curriculum booklet there are many science specific strategies and examples how to incorporate writing into the classroom.

Priority Expectations

Please click on links below to download a copy of the Science Priority Expectations.

Logo Pdf2Science Priority Expectations (full document--updated 9/20/10)

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HS Science Expectation Overview Webcast  Miss the live roll-out presentation? Review the Big Ideas in this archived webcast!

Please click HERE to view the Powerpoint presentation on the Science Priority Expectations