EQuIP Peer Review Panel: Science


The EQuIP Peer Review Panel (PRP) for Science was launched in September 2016 to provide concrete examples of high quality lessons and units that, along with professional learning, can support implementation of the NGSS. The PRP seeks to identify lessons and units that best illustrate the cognitive demands of the NGSS as introduced in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

This helps K-12 science education in the U.S. in several ways:

  • It helps teachers, schools, and districts understand more about what the NGSS looks like in practice.
  • It helps authors and curriculum developers understand the targets they are seeking as they produce materials.
  • It helps articulate the collective knowledge and insight of the field about what constitutes being designed for the NGSS.
  • It provides a robust learning activity for those involved and those who read and review the products of this work.

From nearly 600 initial applications, Achieve selected 39 peer reviewers in a two-stage application process that revealed applicants' expertise in applying the EQuIP Rubric for Science to sample lessons. The reviewers were also selected to make sure they could represent expertise across every grade band and science domain and bring a wealth of practical teaching experience to the review process. The PRP for Science review process builds on the well-established process the Mathematics and English Language Arts Peer Review Panel used to identify high quality examples in those content areas. All EQuIP peer reviewers will commit up to 12 days of service each year through a combination of in-person and virtual convenings, as well as time spent independently reviewing lessons and units. To learn more about the PRP review process, see the Peer Review Panel FAQ.


How to Submit Lessons or Units

To submit lessons or units to the PRP, see the Expanded Call for NGSS Lessons and Units. 


Examples of Quality NGSS Design

The criterion-based reviews provided by the peer review panel are meant to be constructive and in the spirit of continuous improvement. All submissions receive feedback regardless of their rating and confidentiality will be ensured for those that are not ready to be shared publicly. Lessons and units that are rated by the PRP as Examples of High Quality NGSS Design, Examples of High Quality NGSS Design, If Improved, or identified as Quality Works in Progress will be publicly posted along with the EQuIP criterion-based feedback on the examples of quality NGSS design page so that all educators can benefit from these materials. 

Achieve thanks the Arconic FoundationBayer Corporation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Pisces Foundation for their generous support of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science.