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Category: NGSS


Evaluating Cognitive Complexity in Science Assessments

Achieve has released a new publication, A Framework to Evaluate Cognitive Complexity in Science Assessments, which focuses on a new approach to capture and communicate the complexity of summative assessment items and tasks designed for three-dimensional standards. This framework can…

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OpenSciEd: FREE NGSS-aligned Resource Units

A group of state education agencies, working with school districts, classroom educators, experienced science curriculum developers and the science education community, created and field tested a complete set of robust, research-based, open-source science instructional materials that are aligned to the…

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Training Dates for “TIME”

Statewide trainings for California’s Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation (TIME) are now available to district teams moving forward with their science adoption. Based on comprehensive, collaborative work by CSTA, CISC, K-12 Alliance, California Science Project and County Offices of Education,…

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Freshman Admission Lab Science Requirement Update

The “d” laboratory science requirement has recently been revised to include discipline options for A-G courses submitted for UC approval. These updated science disciplines align with the Next Generation Science Standards. For specific details regarding updates, visit  https://tinyurl.com/y6o82hpf

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State Board Approves Science Instructional Materials

At the November 8-9, 2018 meeting, the CA State Board of Education approved the largest number of publisher instructional materials (IM) for science in the history of state adoptions. Click here to download the list of approved publisher materials: CDE_2018…

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Update on NGSS Instructional Materials Adoption

CSTA has just released an excellent update on the current status of NGSS Instructional Materials Adoption as it pertains to (1) K-8 Adoption; (2) Standards Maps for High School; (3) Resources for Reviewing Instructional Materials; (4) CSTA White Paper: Priority…

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Achieve Releases Performance Task Screening Tools

This past week, Achieve released two new tools that will assist teachers in evaluating science assessment tasks to determine whether they accommodate for the three-dimensionality of NGSS. The Science Task Prescreen is used to conduct a quick review of assessment tasks…

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California EEI Curriculum: Newly NGSS-Aligned

The FREE K-12 Environmental Education Initiative Curriculum is now aligned with NGSS and offers great “storylines” to frame your instruction and help build powerful stewards of Mother Earth. The 85 available units provide lessons and resources that support the teaching…

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Preparing for NGSS-aligned Instructional Materials Review

CDE Board action on publisher-submitted, NGSS-aligned instructional materials is right around the corner! In preparation for the “approved” K-8 list of instructional materials (IM), expected in January 2019, schools and districts should consider assembling and organizing their IM Review Committees…

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Two new NGSS Resources for Instruction

In the latest newsletter from Achieve, I came across two new resources that support NGSS instruction and learning for ALL students. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has released Using Crosscutting Concepts to Prompt Student Responses to guide…

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