Academic journal article Science Scope

Charting a Course toward NGSS Alignment

Academic journal article Science Scope

Charting a Course toward NGSS Alignment

Article excerpt

You may have noticed that Science Scope's activity-based articles now include a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) alignment chart that shows the integration of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. This chart reinforces the NGSS connections made within the text of the articles. The inclusion of this information naturally requires more space, and you may have noticed that activity-centered articles are now longer than they once were. However, it is our view that three-dimensional instruction represents best practice for all teachers, whether or not their state has adopted the NGSS.

The NGSS alignment chart in Science Scope was designed to follow the evaluation criteria outlined in the EQuIP rubric from Achieve (www.achieve.org/EQuIP). The chart shows the particular standard and performance expectations (PEs) with which the featured activity aligns. A statement is included to make it clear that the activity alone is not sufficient to have students reach the goal of the PE. Reaching the goal of any PE will take repeated instruction over time. While each of the three dimensions are represented in the NGSS alignment chart, the particular dimensions used in the activity might not be the same ones given in the NGSS for the indicated PE. Again, it will take many lessons with many combinations of dimensions to reach the goal of a particular PE.

The third column of the NGSS alignment chart is the most important section. …

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