The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) call for significant shifts in the way science is taught and learned. To meet these standards, teachers need high-quality instructional materials and resources that they can use to help their students meet the vision of the NGSS.
Through a project with the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and Achieve, Teachers TryScience now features a growing set of resources that demonstrate how existing K-12 science lessons can be evaluated and revised to more closely align to the NGSS, using the Educators Evaluating Quality in Instructional Products (EQuIP) rubric. Using the EQuIP process, NYSCI educators have revised existing lessons, making them more rigorous, engaging, and ultimately more informative for teachers.
To highlight the benefits of iterative, evidence-based evaluation and revision using the EQuIP rubric, each of the lessons are accompanied by an interim version of the lesson as well as the completed EQuIP rubric that shows the feedback and suggestions for improvement that helped educators identify the lesson’s strengths and weaknesses. We encourage teachers to use the EQuIP rubric process to continue to evaluating and refining these exciting lessons, as well as their own materials.