Academic journal article Science Scope

EQuIP-A Tool to Help Keep the NGSS on Course

Academic journal article Science Scope

EQuIP-A Tool to Help Keep the NGSS on Course

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When the National Science Education Standards (NSES) were released in 1996, there was great hope for significant change in science teaching. Unfortunately, as the years passed, materials reportedly aligned with NSES drifted further away from the core intent of the document.

Fortunately, a new tool has been developed that should keep this problem from recurring as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are implemented. The standards were released in 2013, and within a few short months, drafts of a materials-evaluation rubric, EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products), were available, with the most recent version released in May 2014. The rubric was developed by Achieve, which helped facilitate the writing of the NGSS, and the National Science Teachers Association.

The EQuIp rubric provides "criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the ... NGSS. The purpose of this rubric and review process is to: (1) provide constructive, criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers' use within and across states" (Achieve and NSTA 2014). This rubric divides the evaluation criteria into three columns--Alignment to the NGSS, Instructional Supports, and Monitoring Student Progress. …

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