Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) details the correlations between the Next Generation Science Standards, (specifically the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Performance Expectations (PE)), and the concepts included in the Ocean Literacy Guide and Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence. This alignment is a necessary tool to focus attention on places in the NGSS where Ocean Literacy is essential to understanding the DCI, but the connection may not be obvious. The alignment documents are organized by grade band and provide a 4-point rating scale with a description for each rating. Providing coherence across the Ocean Literacy Framework and NGSS helps to leverage our community’s work and make it more valuable and useful.

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

These alignment documents were developed by the National Marine Educators Association Ocean Literacy Committee. Special acknowledgement goes to the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley for leading the development and supporting the final editing and design.