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Rubric for Teaching Common Science Standards Released

In February, my colleague Catherine Gewertz wrote about the EQuIP rubric, which teams of teachers are using to deem whether instructional materials are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The tool was developed by Achieve, the nonprofit that played a key role in launching the common standards, and "represents one way that teachers are trying to make sense of the flood of curricular offerings that's been unleashed," she wrote.

Just last week, Achieve released a similar rubric, also called EQuIP, for measuring alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards. So far 11 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards, which emphasize scientific inquiry and engineering design. 

"We wanted to put something together for people as they think about transitioning from traditional materials to NGSS materials," Stephen Pruitt, a senior vice president at Achieve who helped develop the common science standards, said in a phone interview. 

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science has three columns, and asks evaluators to consider whether a lesson or unit reflects the conceptual shifts in the science standards; engages and supports all students; and includes ways to monitor student progress. 

"One of the things you'll notice is that's there's not a true rating scale in there," said Pruitt. "Right now it's more about providing the feedback and thinking about movement from the old to the new, so to speak."

He emphasized that the rubric is just the first version, and that the group is "continuing to gather feedback to make revisions." 

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