How Do We Know if Units are Designed for NGSS?


Monday, June 7, 2021
That is a question that many people ask about curriculum now that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are being used in many places. One way to find out is to submit a unit for review using the EQuIP Rubric.  EQuIP stands for "educators evaluating the quality of instructional products." The rubric addresses criteria related to three-dimensional design, instructional supports, and monitoring student progress. One of Mi-STAR's units reviewed by the NextGenScience Peer Review Panel (PRP) was rated by the panel as a Quality Example of a Science Unit. That unit is available online at https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/middle-school-64-protect-your-cell-phone-forces-and-motion.

More information about the NextGenScience PRP and Mi-STAR's experience with the review is available from WestEd at http://ngs.wested.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/How-Do-We-Know-If-Units-Are-Designed-for-the-NGSS.pdf.

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