This document charts the alignment between IQWST lessons and the Next Generation Science Standards' (NGSS) performance expectations with which they most highly correlate.
It is important to note that no single activity should be thought of as meeting an NGSS performance expectation (PE). Meeting a PE requires carefully sequenced activities, investigations, readings, discussions, and lessons that support students in building understanding of a disciplinary core idea, crosscutting concept, and the multiple scientific practices involved in “making sense” of complex ideas.
In contrast to the old practice of checking off a standard as “met” because it was taught on a given day, new standards demand a very different approach. The charts that follow use an “X” to indicate a PE that is, in part, addressed by a lesson’s in-class activities and homework assignments. However, no performance expectation is typically met in a single component of a lesson or even a single lesson in a unit.
Please address questions regarding IQWST’s approach to NGSS (and the Common Core for Science) to Dr. LeeAnn Sutherland, our Chief Academic Officer (email@example.com).
Click here to download the PDF full version of the IQWST NGSS Overview with descriptions.