EQuIP Rubric for Science

The EQuIP Rubric for Science provides criteria by which to measure how well lessons and units are designed for the NGSS.

The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) review existing lessons and units to determine what revisions are needed; (2) provide constructive criterion-based feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers; (3) identify examples/models for teachers’ use within and across states; and (4) to inform the development of new lessons, units, and other instructional materials. 

If you are looking to evaluate year-long programs, the right tool to use is NextGen TIME.

EQuIP Peer Review Panel: Science

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science, Version 3.1

EQuIP Videos:

EQuIP Detailed Guidance:

NGSS Lesson Screener:
The NGSS Lesson Screener includes fewer criteria than the EQuIP Rubric for Science and is intended to more quickly review a learning sequence to see if it is on the right track. It is intended to be used in more informal reviews (no scoring) and is only for evaluating instruction that extends over several class periods or days. It is not designed for thorough vetting of lessons or for evaluating units or longer sequences of instruction.


EQuIP Professional Learning Facilitator's Guide:

Tool offers guidance and a series of ten modules designed to help district and school leaders provide NGSS professional learning opportunities based on the EQuIP Rubric for Science, Version 3.0.


Digital Badge Awarded to Units that Earn the Highest Rating on the EQuIP Rubric:

NextGenScience awards a digital badge called the NGSS Design Badge to science units designed for the NGSS that have earned the highest rating on the EQuIP Rubric for Science based on a review conducted by NextGenScience's expert reviewers or its Science Peer Review Panel. The digital badge includes a logo, the name of the unit, the date the badge was awarded, and a “Verify” button. When a user clicks on the digital badge to verify its authenticity, the badge provides a full EQuIP evaluation describing quality features of the unit in question.