Science standards vary state to state, with the exception of some states following the Next Generation Science Standards. While electrical circuits may be taught in 4th grade in Texas, it may be taught in 5th grade somewhere else. Because teachers from so many states shop at The Science Penguin, I don’t usually designate a resource for just one particular grade level. I think it’s important for us as educators not just to be aware of our own standards, but the standards in other places.
State Standards Links
Below are links to the elementary science standards for various states so you can compare.
Arizona: Science Standards
Colorado: Science State Standards
Georgia: Performance Standards
Hawaii: HCPS III
Iowa: Core Science
Louisiana: Academic Standards
Michigan: Grade Level Content Expectations
Mississippi: Science Standards
New Mexico: Science Standards
New York: Core Curriculum K-4
Ohio: Revised Science Standards
Oklahoma: Academic Standards (similar to NGSS)
Pennsylvania: PA Academic Standards
South Carolina: New Academic Standards
North Carolina: Essential Standards K-2 Essential Standards 3-5
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are used in quite a few states and some states have standards that are nearly identical to them, although they are referred to by a different name. The states that have adopted NGSS for current or future implementation are California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, DC, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
A Little Help from YOU!
Please leave a comment on this post if you can help me!
- If you teach in one of these states and have a correction, please let me know so I can fix it.
- Is your school/district/state strict about the implementation of your science standards?
- Do you have a link to add here for your state’s elementary science standards?