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Evaluating Resources for NGSS: The EQuIP Rubric - Free NSTA Web Seminar archive is now available

Updated on August 15, 2014 - 10:47 AM CDT
Posted on August 12, 2014 - 3:17 PM CDT

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One of the key needs for successful implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards are resources that are well-aligned to the standards. 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 rubric is an effective tool that enables teachers and administrators, in teams or individually, to review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed, provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers, and identify exemplars/models for teachers' use within and across states.


The web seminar will provide guidance on:

  • the key attributes resources should have to meet the letter and spirit of NGSS
  • the structure and features of the rubric
  • using the rubric to select and supplement curriculum resources

This webinar has past

Title: Evaluating Resources for NGSS: The EQuIP Rubric
Target audience: Educators of grades K-12
Dates: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT / 1:30 p.m. MT / 12:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
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Presenters: Brian J. Reiser and Joe Krajcik



  • Andi Nelson Andi Nelson

    Posted: August 15, 2014 by Andi Nelson at 10:47 AM CDT

    I found this webinar to be really helpful in terms of obtaining language to use in connecting previous resources with the NGSS. For example, a question that Brian Reiser offered in considering an existing resource and the NGSS was: What PE is this activity or resource building toward? This was important in light of his emphasis that one lesson or activity will NOT be able to meet a PE. 

    A second point that I really felt was a strong one that the presenters made in reconciling existing material and the NGSS was that some of the PEs are meant to be met at the end of a grade band, not necessarily in a single grade. This is especially true for the middle school and high school PEs. As we communicate with educators and support them in meeting the NGSS, it will be important that we keep that in front of them. The purpose of the NGSS is not to continue to perpetuate the "one shot" approach to science learning. 

    Joe offered yet another gem in recommending that we emphasize that educators need to really focus on blending the three dimensions of the NGSS together, that the most effective assessments will require that of the students. In particular, he recommended that educators be encouraged to blend the DCIs and CCC with a variety of SEPs (not just the one listed in the PE) to build towards a PE. 

    Lastly, when communicating how a particular resource addresses the NGSS, a helpful phrase that was given in this webinar was: "The strengths of this activity/lesson/resource according to the NGSS are ________." This allows to delineate how that particular resource does utilize a dimension or component of meeting PEs in a very specific way that I feel would be very valuable to educators. If, as an educator, I can see directly what the resource helps me acheive according to the NGSS, I can find other ways to meet the other components, or adapt it to contain more strengths to meet what my learning goals are. 

    This was a GREAT opportunity to look at how to consider existing resources and the NGSS. I found it very helpful!