The nonprofit group Achieve, which advocates for better standards and assessments, has launched an interesting new initiative that brings together several trends: curricular alignment, digital badges or credentials, and open educational resources.
The initiative is meant to respond to the continuing challenge of ensuring that, in the nearly 20 states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, the materials used for teaching and learning are aligned to the new expectations.
The NGSS’ complex structure includes three “dimensions,” generally outlining not just what students should know and be able to do but also the scientific tools and practices they need to master in order to investigate scientific topics. But too often new curricula are listed as aligned when they omit some of those features, said Chad Colby, an Achieve spokesman.
Click here to read the full story in the Curriculum Matters blog in Education Week (March 15, 2018)