Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Appendix A – Conceptual Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards

Appendix A of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) explains how the NGSS are different from previous science education standards and how they are relfective of the conceptual shifts in science education in the United States.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 669
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:06

A Professional Development Approach to the NGSS

This book includes activities and useful advice for guiding teachers and administrators as they put the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice in the classroom. Written by three experts in professional development for science teachers, it offers the following: • Introduces the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 371
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:44

Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum

This handbook presents an overview of culturally responsive Alaska Native science curriculum, including vignettes and samples of classroom lessons. The author describes ways in which existing learning models can be modified to include Alaskan Native methods for teaching and learning, with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 268
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:06

Appendix E: Progressions Within the Next Generation Science Standards

As part of Volume II of the Next Generation Science Standards, this appendix focuses on one of the three dimensions of the standards: Disciplinary Core Ideas. It offers discipline-specific tables of learning progressions, articulating the conceptual development of each discipline across the grades...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 229
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:45

Science Education: Facts and Trends in High School, College, and Career

This resource is a PowerPoint presentation given by Achieve at the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Annual Leadership Meeting in 2014. It focuses on the high school course mapping resources in the NGSS, addressing facts and trends in high school coursework nationally, breaking them down by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 204
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 10:12

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs)

In 2009, NAEP administered two types of innovative science assessments: Hands-on Tasks (HOTs) and Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs). The released tasks include samples of innovative item types and innovative evidence types to demonstrate how hard-to-measure constructs, similar to what are called...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 191
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:39

Literacy for the Science Classroom: Think, Read, Talk, and Write Like a Scientist

This archived webinar, presenting essential features of the science practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards, offers opportunities for high school students to develop disciplinary literacy. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the science discipline are the key...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 177
Date created: 03/09/2015 - 08:42

Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is part of Volume II of the Next Generation Science Standards. It provides examples of course maps for grade-banded standards (6–8 and 9–12) to best prepare students for postsecondary success in college and careers. The authors describe rationales for the course models and clarify...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 163
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:41

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