• Science

    In order to meet the needs of our K-12 students, Vermont adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013 to serve as a foundation for statewide STEM instruction. Based on the Framework for K-12 Education, the NGSS refocuses K-12 science and STEM education to improve readiness for college and STEM careers as well as prepare students to become informed, knowledgeable citizens. The standards are designed so that students apply scientific practices, ask questions, problem solve, make mistakes, and correct misconceptions, with the larger goal of reaching deeper scientific literacy.

    In the Essex Westford School District, our teachers use the Common Core State Standards as the foundation for our guaranteed and viable curriculum. From the common core, teachers work collaboratively to establish essential standards in all content areas. 

    Spotlight on Equity Resources

    Educational equity means that every student has access to the resources, opportunities, and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, whatever their race, gender/identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, family background, or family income may be. (Adapted from CCSSO, Leading for Equity.) The Spotlight on Equity Resource below provides a list of considerations and resources for the purpose of supporting equity and access while emphasizing high-quality and culturally sustaining learning opportunities for all students.

  • Kindergarten Science Standards

  • 1st Grade Science Standards

  • 2nd Grade Science Standards

  • 3rd Grade Science Standards

  • 4th Grade Science Standards

  • 5th Grade Science Standards