Next Gen. Science Standards

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Science Q&A Science Denial in the Classroom: What Causes It? How Should Teachers Respond?
Rejection of scientific consensus is informed by students' attitudes, networks, and cognitive shortcomings. Here's how to head it off.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 23, 2021
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Science Opinion How to Make Science Class Relevant During the Pandemic
COVID-19 and climate change prove why science standards can't ignore real-world concerns, write Andrew Zucker and Pendred Noyce.
Andrew A. Zucker & Pendred Noyce, September 29, 2020
5 min read
Science The Art of Making Science Accessible and Relevant to All Students
Building science lessons around phenomena that students know equally and can see in their own lives is making the subject more relevant and interesting.
Catherine Gewertz, March 3, 2020
8 min read
Professional Development Teachers Nationwide Now Have Access to Open-Source Science Curriculum
For years, educators have complained that they lacked materials aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. But a new effort called OpenSciEd is slowly releasing a free, open curriculum that many say is high-quality.
Sarah Schwartz, August 28, 2019
7 min read
Standards Science Curriculum Reviews Are Out, and Results Aren't Great
Of the six series reviewed for their quality and how well they aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, EdReports gave just one top marks.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 28, 2019
10 min read
Mathematics STEM Instruction: How Much There Is and Who Gets It
Despite a push for greater STEM instruction, students and teachers continue to experience inequitable access to STEM-related classes and resources, according to a new survey of 1,200 schools and 7,600 teachers.
Sasha Jones, January 8, 2019
4 min read
Curriculum California Approved Nearly 30 Science Textbooks. But Are They Truly Aligned to Standards?
California, one of the first states to adopt curricula aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, greenlighted 29 of the 34 materials it reviewed. What do districts do next to narrow the field?
Stephen Sawchuk, November 9, 2018
5 min read
Standards Measuring New Science Standards Is Hard. These Projects Aim to Change That
The AAAS launches a new project to develop assessment scenarios that measure the NGSS' energy standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 10, 2018
2 min read
Curriculum Nonprofit Will Issue 'Digital Badges' for Science Units That Align With Standards
Achieve will offer the badge to science units it deems well aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 15, 2018
2 min read
Standards D.C. Will Invalidate 2 Years of Science-Test Scores
The cancellation will cause headaches for the 48,000-student district, which will have to seek a federal waiver because of the snafus.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 19, 2018
3 min read
Standards N.M. Again Alters Science Standards After Public Outcry
New Mexico now plans to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in their entirety.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 26, 2017
1 min read
Science Evolution, Climate Change on Chopping Block? N.M. Science Standards Get Airing
The state's version of the Next Generation Science Standards, for now, weakens standards related to climate change, evolution, and the geologic age of the Earth.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 16, 2017
3 min read
Science 4 Tips for Awesome Eclipse Teaching
Here are four things for teachers to keep in mind as they design curricula for next Monday's total solar eclipse.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 16, 2017
2 min read
Curriculum The Next Generation Science Standards' Next Big Challenge: Finding Curricula
Experts spell out some of the challenges to developing curricula aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 24, 2017
4 min read