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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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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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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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