Examples of Quality NGSS Design

In an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging examples of high quality lessons and units designed for the NGSS, Achieve launched the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science (PRP). The PRP uses the EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3.0) and the associated quality review process to evaluate the instructional materials. 

The objective is not to endorse a particular curriculum, product or template, rather to identify lessons and units that best illustrate the cognitive demands of the NGSS. Below is the list of instructional materials that have been submitted to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel and evaluated as Examples of High Quality NGSS DesignExamples of High Quality NGSS Design if Improved, or Quality Works in Progress.

Each lesson or unit is available to download and use in classrooms. In addition to accessing a version of the materials as they were reviewed, there is a copy of the quality review feedback from the EQuIP Peer Review Panel. Please review the feedback to gain a sense of the materials’ purpose, strengths and areas that would benefit from revisions. 

Examples of High Quality NGSS Design

Lessons and Units shared in this section have earned the highest rating possible in the EQuIP Rubric for Science.

--The peer review panel (PRP) has not yet identified any lessons or units that meet this highest overall rating.

Examples of High Quality NGSS Design if Improved

Lessons and Units shared in this section have earned the 2nd highest rating possible in the EQuIP Rubric for Science.

Grade 2: Why is Our Corn Changing? (v1.0)

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Unit submitted by Next Generation Science Storylines As indicated by the version number, this Grade 2 unit is in ongoing review and revision and the version posted online at the submitters website may differ from the one that was reviewed and is posted here.

High School: Why Don't Antibiotics Work Like They Used To? (v1.0)

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Unit submitted by Next Generation Science Storylines.As indicated by the version number, this High School unit is in ongoing review and revision and the version posted online at the submitters website may differ from the one that was reviewed and is posted here.

Examples of Quality Works in Progress 

"Quality Works in Progress" is not a rating in the EQuIP Rubric for Science. The lessons and units shared in this section did not meet either of the top to rankings overall, but they had strong evidence for at least one of the EQuIP criteria. The people that developed these lessons have agreed the share these works in progress to be helpful to others that are either developing their own materials, or are interested in using these materials as a starting point for building their own lesson or unit. We are hopeful that these lessons and units will be revised to address the feedback from the PRP and will be re-submitted int he future for a second review.

Grade 1: How Does Light Help Me See Things And Communicate With Others?  [v1.1]
This unit is shared here as a good example of students making sense of phenomena driving the learning at the elementary level. As you'll see in the PRP EQuIP Feedback linked below, there are other areas that this unit is strong in as well.  The biggest thing holding it back from reaching one of the top two ratings of the EQuIP Rubric is insufficient evidence of students using and learning about the Crosscutting

Unit submitted by Next Generation Science Storylines As indicated by the version number, this Grade 1 unit is in ongoing review and revision and the version posted online at the submitters website may differ from the one that was reviewed and is posted here.

Middle School: How Can We Hear So Many Different Sounds From Across the Room?
This unit is literally a work in progress--the teacher guide and student activity sheets have only been completed for lessons 1-14 out of 21. It is shared here as a strong example of the criteria in Category I: NGSS 3D Design at the middle school level. In particular, reviewers found extensive evidence that students making sense of phenomena was driving the learning, that there were student performances that integrated the three dimensions, and that the lessons in the unit really built on student questions and understandings. Even with the teacher's guide and student worksheets not yet completed, this unit was only one point short of earning an Example of High Quality NGSS Design rating.

Unit submitted by Next Generation Science Storylines As indicated by the version number, this middle school unit is in ongoing review and revision and the version posted online at the submitters website may differ from the one that was reviewed and is posted here.

Please contact Jeremy Thomas at jthomas@achieve.org if you have any questions regarding the materials or the EQuIP Peer Review Panel feedback.

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.