NSTA: NGSS Classroom Resources

NSTA has been slowly adding NGSS resources to their NGSS@ NSTA hub. This week they released a more clearly organized “gateway” to these resources. Click HERE to search and browse for NGSS resources. Resources are vetted and curated by the NGSS@NSTA Curators. Each resource starts with an introduction page that describes the resource and how it connects to NGSS. This page also contains connections to specific performance expectations and may say something like… “This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this performance expectation.” Many resources are FREE but I did notice that a few require a fee or a registration.

Videos: In the NGSS Classroom

NSTA recently posted a series of videos of high school science teachers and students engaged in the type of science instruction outlines in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The videos are connected with the FREE Interactions high school NGSS curriculum I mentioned in March. The videos could be useful for professional learning communities of science teachers, professional development workshops, administrators or anyone working to understand the key instructional shifts in NGSS.

Notice how the teachers in the video structure discourse and use strategies to allow students to construct and revise models and explanations over time.

Click HERE to see the videos.

WA State: Science Assessment Update March 2015

Hi all,

OSPI just sent out an email announcement regarding Science Assessment so I wanted to push out the information here as well. The text below is copied directly from the email.

A couple of items to note:

a. The online Science Training Test for the Grade 5 and Grade 8 Science MSP is up and ready for use. This year there is a different test engine/platform so you will want to check it out.

b. The first state assessments (testing the Next Generation Science Standards) are expected no sooner than the spring of 2018.

Questions regarding the information below can be directed to Science@k12.wa.us

Science Training Test for the Online Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)


The Science Training Test for the Grade 5 and the Grade 8 MSP is now available on the Washington State Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) Portal.  The WCAP portal is the access point for the Washington assessment system tools and resources.

The 2015 spring online Science MSP will use the same test engine/platform as the Smarter Balanced Assessments for ELA and Mathematics. There are several features on the test engine that will be different from prior versions of the online science tests:

  • There are no “click to enlarge” graphics, or bulleted lists in items.
  • Short answer items will not appear over multiple screens.
  • Items for a scenario will appear together on the right side of the screen, just like the ELA passages and items appear together on the Smarter Balanced test. 

Science Assessment Resources

Please visit the Science Assessment Educator Resources webpage to access a variety of documents intended to assist teachers, students, and parents in preparation for the Science MSP and Biology End-of-Course (EOC).

 Examples of resources include:

  • Science Short-Answer Scoring Trainings
    Video presentations showing how student responses are scored using rubrics for the Biology EOC/COE and Science MSP.
  • Science Assessment Updates
    These documents include: information about the science assessment system; sample items to familiarize teachers and students with the item types on the assessments; and scoring information for educators.
  • Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work
    The Science Assessment Team shares observations about student responses for the Measurements of Student Progress and the Biology End-of-Course exam pilot items.
  • Science Short-Answer Item Templates
    Templates that can be edited for use in classroom practice by incorporating content from any unit in a science curriculum.

Science Assessment Development Update

WA State 2009 K-12 Science Learning Standards

Invitations to apply for summer Pilot Rangefinding and fall Data Review committees will be sent via GovDelivery in May. Information will be posted on the Science Assessment Professional Development Opportunities webpage.

WA State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (NGSS)

Washington has joined a collaborative group of 13 states and 1 territory to begin the development of assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards (known in Washington as the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards). The group work is being coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). This group met for the first time in February. We will keep you posted about the progress of the collaborative, and if there are opportunities for educator reviews of documents during the development stages we will be sure to let you know.

The first state assessments for the new standards are expected no earlier than spring 2018.

Interactions: a FREE High School NGSS Curriculum

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 3.06.16 PMInteractions is a set of NGSS-aligned high school instructional materials targeting physical science concepts, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts. The materials are part of an NSF-funded project involving Michigan State University, University of Michigan and The Concord Consortium. You can find the materials on the Concord Consortium site HERE.

Currently 1 of the 4 units are available. You will find 6 of 7 investigations with Teacher Guides. These materials should be of use not only to HS Science teachers but could act as models for anyone looking to build NGSS learning experiences. The site also includes “phenomenal videos” and it sounds like there will be more video resources coming soon.

NGSS NOW Newsletter: March

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 1.21.34 PMDid you know that Nextgenscience.org offers a monthly NGSS Newsletter? Well, they do. Click HERE to read the March issue of NGSS Now and click HERE to sign up via email.

The Physics of Water Drops: NYTimes Video

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 12.10.10 PMHERE is a short video from the New York Times that is part science and part art- enjoy The Physics of Water Drops.

New NGSS Resources on the NGSS@NSTA site

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 5.20.24 PMPerhaps you are like me and for the past several months you’ve been checking the Next Generation Science Standards on the NSTA site. You click on a standard and then scroll to the bottom of the page to a section titled Resources & Lesson Plans and you see… Coming Soon!

Well today I clicked on a standard, scrolled down… and there was a resource posted! This is very exciting. The NSTA NGSS Curators have been working hard to identify vetted NGSS resources and some things are being posted. Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 5.12.33 PM

I recommend visiting the NGSS@NSTA site and poking around a bit. The formatting of the site and inclusion of instructional resources provides a much different resource than Nextgenscience.org.