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UC grants Earth/Space Science “d” laboratory credit!

It’s been a long time coming, but the UC system has finally granted Earth/Space Science “d” laboratory credit.  The traditional science “trilogy,” of biology, chemistry and physics has now become a “quartet” that includes Earth/Space Science as a rigorous, discipline-specific…

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Achieve Releases Criteria to Guide Assessment Development

Check out the new resource just released by Achieve, Criteria For Procuring and Evaluating High-Quality and Aligned Summative Science Assessments.  This resource provides a set of criteria that can be used to develop and evaluate new statewide summative assessments designed…

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Three New Essential NGSS-aligned Resources

I would like to draw your attention to three documents that are currently on my radar as I work with schools and districts throughout the state. I know you will find these resources quite useful as you consider developing new,…

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California Science Assessment Update

The California Department of Education has released updated information and resources for the 2017-18 spring field test and 2018-19 operational test for the California Science Test (CAST). A fact sheet, information regarding grade levels to be tested, and a list…

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NGSS Homepage Redesign

I know many of you preferred the “original” Achieve web search engine a few years ago to help locate specific grade-level or discipline-related performance expectations and disciplinary core ideas. I know I did….It was very simple and straight-forward. Achieve has…

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New NGSS Parent Guides

Achieve has developed and released informative grade-level parent guides for schools and districts implementing Next Generation Science Standards. Guides are provided in both English and Spanish, and do an excellent job explaining the essential elements of NGSS and what science…

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NGSS Rollout #4

A couple of weeks ago, I was one of about 40 SoCal colleagues that facilitated various breakout sessions for the two-day NGSS Rollout #4-The California Science Framework– for the Los Angeles/Orange County areas. Whether you were a Science TOSA or…

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PEEC for NGSS Instructional Materials Design

I wanted to provide a “heads-up” to all my school and district colleague “early implementers” of today’s release of Achieve’s PEEC, the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for NGSS Instructional Materials Design. The two purposes of PEEC are: to help…

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NGSS Unit Planning Template Revisions

For those of you who are currently using, or interested in using my NGSS Unit Development Tool protocol, I have made some new revisions to the Google Sheet Template. In alignment with the language of the newly released California Science…

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New CA Science Framework Posted Online!

Today, the California Department of Education posted the URL link for the newly adopted State Board of Education Science Framework. This is a pre-publication version based on the Board’s approval of edits at the November 3, 2016 meeting. The final…

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