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Program Governance

A formal governance structure guides the work of the NGSS program. The table below summarizes the roles and responsibilities of each participating group. The majority of decisions take place within the team itself, with a small set being elevated to owners, and an even smaller set to sponsors. Program-level deliverables pass through four stages of review and approval.

Role Group Name Purpose


Sponsors Sets strategic direction, objectives, and funding for NGSS
Owners Addresses escalated risks, issues, and decisions; leads implementation of strategic objectives for NGSS


Academic and Administrative Councils Provides insight for school-related decisions and changes impacting schools. Provides advice and input to decisions and policies
Advisory Groups Provides channel for NGSS delivery teams to engage colleagues to discuss key business processes/impacts, risk, and design considerations

PMO & Leadership

NGSS Program Management Office Monitors and provides oversight for program and supports individual projects
NGSS Project Management Ensures smooth day-to-day operations of NGSS Projects and monitoring of metrics

Core Team

Work Stream Leads and Cross-Functional Integration Responsible for ensuring the completion of most tasks through direct work and/or delegation and facilitates coordination and collaboration across project tracks
Subject Matter Experts and Project Advisors Provides expertise for topic areas and assists stream leads in completion of tasks as necessary
Program Analysts and Other Team Members Assist stream leads in the completion of the bulk of day-to-day tasks in a variety of generalist or specialist roles