Curriculum Development for Science
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.
A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.
The State of Delaware does not mandate the use of any particular curriculum. As always, teachers can develop their own lesson plans and choose materials; however, curriculum must be aligned to the appropriate grade-level standards.
How to choose high quality curricular resources
EQUlP Rubric - created by Achieve
The EQuIP Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure how well lessons and units are designed for the NGSS. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) review existing lessons and units to determine what revisions are needed; (2) provide constructive criterion-based feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers; (3) identify examples/models for teachers’ use within and across states; and (4) to inform the development of new lessons, units, and other instructional materials.
NGSS Lesson Screener
The NGSS Lesson Screener includes fewer criteria than the EQuIP Rubric for Science and is intended to more quickly review a learning sequence to see if it is on the right track. It is intended to be used in more informal reviews (no scoring) and is only for evaluating instruction that extends over several class periods or days. It is not designed for thorough vetting of lessons or for evaluating units or longer sequences of instruction.
A series of ten modules designed to help district and school leaders provide NGSS professional learning opportunities based on the EQuIP Rubric for Science, Version 3.0.
Literacy in ScienceAn overview of the reading and writing standards for literacy in science (grades 6-12).
Assists teachers in aligning science instruction to the Common Core State Standards in ELA. These Literacy Concept Organizers are a resource from which teachers can select appropriate Knowledge , Understandings , and Dos to develop their own unit(s) of instruction. - Science and Technical Subjects
Incorporates literacy into middle and high school content areas. Allows educators to build content on top of a coherent approach to literacy. Designed to make literacy instruction the foundation of the core subjects. - Literacy Design Collaborative
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For more information on Science education in Delaware, contact Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at 302-735-4180.