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Gaining Clarity Using Technology to access the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Studies have shown the links that science literacy have to economic growth and to solving complex social and environmental problems. Therefore, educators need to ensure all students, not just future scientist and engineers, have the knowledge to solve science-related problems. The NGSS were modeled after this philosophy.
There is a need for educators to continue to improve student achievement. On the 2016 California State Test (CST) for science only 53% of 8th grade students in Napa Valley Unified School District scored proficient or higher. With the district going to an integrated model implementing the NGSS, not only are the standards new, the content is about 70% different in each of the grade levels. The curriculum to support the new standards hasn't been adopted by the district so we are designing our own curriculum and lessons.
"Teacher Clarity has a Desired Effect of .75" Hattie
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Are Teachers and Students Clear on what and how they are supposed to Learn?
Students cannot articulate what they are learning or if they are meeting the success criteria. They can tell you the learning task they are doing but not the learning outcome or how to show they are successful. Teachers need to be explicitly clear with our students what the learning outcomes are, what the success criteria is and how are they going to show they have met the objectives.
Not only have the standards shifted to the NGSS, only about 33% of the content is the same