Connecticut Science Standards

2004 Connecticut Science Framework:

In 2004, the Connecticut Department of Education adopted a set of science standards that govern the curriculum taught by Connecticut Public Schools. These standards are assessed at grades 5 and 8 through the administration of the Science CMT test and again in 10th grade with the CAPT test. To view the standards adopted in 2004, click on the link below:

2004 Science Framework-DOC

Next Generation of Science Standards:

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a set of internationally-benchmarked science learning outcomes published by 26 Lead States in April 2013. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) contributed critical feedback during the development process through the hard work of its NGSS Leadership Team and Content Review Committee.


The NGSS are based upon the research and vision described in the National Research Council’s "Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC Framework). The Framework proposes shifts in the teaching and learning of science to get more students excited about and interested in the connections among science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or "STEM".


Following NGSS publication, a CSDE-led team of 40 Connecticut science educators made a concept-by-concept comparison of NGSS to Connecticut's current science standards adopted in 2004. The NGSS Content Crosswalk Report shows content similarities and differences between NGSS and Connecticut's current science standards.

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