The first independent review to weigh whether new science curriculum series are truly aligned to a set of national standards was issued this morning—and mostly, the materials fell well short of expectations.

Four of the series—Discovery’s Science Techbook, Carolina Biological Supply Company’s Science and Technology Concepts, and two versions of Teachers’ Curriculum Institute’s Bring Science Alive!—were deemed insufficiently aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. One series, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Dimensions, was considered partially aligned. Only one series, Amplify’s Amplify Science, got top marks for alignment, coherence, and usability, according to the nonprofit and curriculum group EdReports, which conducted the reviews.

 

Click here to read the full article by Ed Week‘s Stephen Sawchuck as he answers the follow questions:

  • Who are these folks, and how did they conduct these reviews?
  • What’s in these standards?
  • Where did EdReports think these materials fell short?
  • What do the publishers say about these findings?
  • Where do these findings fit in with other science reviews?

 

And, stay tuned for more as he explores what the science education field thinks of these results. Readers can leave a comment, or email him directly at ssawchuk@epe.org.

 

 

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