Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are in demand, but the supply of high quality K-12 instructional materials in science is lacking. This disconnect comes at a critical time in the implementation of new science standards, which are now influencing the teaching and learning of more than 50 percent of the students in American schools. As of spring 2017, 18 states plus the District of Columbia have adopted the NGSS, and 16 states have adapted their state science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS.
As part of Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Education Program, we have observed the growing need to improve the supply and demand for high quality K-12 instructional materials and professional learning designed for the NGSS. To inform the grantmaking in our Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning portfolio, the Corporation recently held a convening of science curriculum developers, experts in professional learning, state and district science leaders, and other educators to discuss these challenges.
We invite you to download a copy of the report from the convening titled Instructional Materials and Implementation of Next Generation Science Standards: Demand, Supply, and Strategic Opportunities. The report provides valuable insights into the state of the science education marketplace, on the development of open education resources and other instructional materials that are designed for and aligned with the NGSS, and on the importance of integrating professional learning into the K-12 science learning and teaching system. Subscribers of EdWeek can read about the report in this Curriculum Matters blog post.