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The NGSS Network States and Partners support the creation of resources to help educators and administrators as they plan and develop systems of implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. See below for links to download these materials. These resources are generally provided under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Under this license, with proper attribution, educators may use or adapt materials. See specific resources for any exceptions for licensing. Also note that these resources are intended as drafts that will continually be improved as the NGSS Network receives feedback on their effectiveness.

 EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science: (Fillable PDF) (Word)
The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.

State Science Education Standards Comparison Tool: (Fillable PDF) (Word)
The Science Science Education Standards Comparison Tool supports administrators in comparing the differences, both in purpose and structure, between different sets of standards.

Resources coming soon:

Sample Classroom Assessment Tasks - coming summer 2014
The Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across the disciplines have collaborated to write sample tasks, which are the result of a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics in classroom assessment.

NGSS Evidence Statements -  coming summer 2014
NGSS Evidence Statements will provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements are statements of observable and measureable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.

Accelerated Model Course Pathways - coming summer 2014
NGSS Accelerated Model Course Pathways provide examples of how the NGSS can be tailored for accelerated students. Created by Advanced Placement teachers, these models are designed to help schools and districts to envision pathways for students intending to take advanced science courses in their junior year.

State of Science Education Research - coming fall 2014
The State of Science Education Research will present key findings on current state graduation requirements, course taking patterns, post-secondary institutions' course requirements for general entry and  for entry into STEM-specific programs, and national job prospects in STEM fields. This research is designed to help inform and guide discussions about science education in the states.

NGSS Data Portal - coming fall 2014
The NGSS data portal will let users search and view the NGSS to meet their individual needs for display on computers and mobile devices. This flexible resource will eventually allow users to tag and share resources.

Alignment Institutes - coming fall 2014
Alignment Institutes will provide opportunities for K-12 and postsecondary educators to review the NGSS and discuss ideas for ensuring that the knowledge and skills learned in high school science courses will adequately prepare students for success in postsecondary education and careers.

Publishers' Criteria - coming fall 2014
Publishers' Criteria will provide textbook and curricula developers with detailed information for using the NGSS to create high-quality, aligned instructional materials.

NGSS Model Content Frameworks - coming fall 2014
To support educators and those developing curricula and instructional materials, the NGSS Model Content Frameworks will illustrate examples of how the NGSS could be organized over the course of the school year and across grade levels.

STEM Works - coming spring 2015
This series of multimedia materials will provide case studies drawn from leading industries nationwide to illustrate the science knowledge and skills needed for jobs in STEM fields. The series will underscore the value of a rigorous science education for all students, regardless of their path after high school.