Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) developed the science standards to address science teaching and learning in our classroom. However, the research to practice is lagging in the 3-D teaching, which involves with the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and the Crosscutting Concepts.
There is a lot of chatter about the NGSS in the academic world on practical application from the framework. Although a little more than 50% of the states officially adopted the NGSS, other states used the NGSS to create their science standards. With this being said, there is an agreement with all states on the need to transform the science classroom. That is where 3-D teaching comes in to help our science teachers to become a more comprehensive science teacher as well as making the students’ learning experience more meaningful. There is an increase in the research and resources for the Crosscutting Concepts that would help our science teachers to become a more comprehensive teacher and reflects the 3-D teaching that we aim to transform the classroom.