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What Student Science Test Data Represents

Mar 29, 2016 by Francis Vigeant


Data can tell us a lot about how students are performing and in what areas they still need work. However, to uncover this kind of information, we need to be able to  assess the data based on what it actually represents. In this post, we’ll cover some of the clues that data can tell us and how you can use these clues to improve your students' scores. 

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Topics: curriculum, Test data, Assessing Curriculum

Resources for Alignment: Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria (PEEC) and EQuIP Rubric

Mar 23, 2016 by Maryellen deLacy

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) mark an innovation in science and engineering instruction. By extension, this means that there needs to be an innovation in classroom resources as well, to stay aligned to NGSS.  

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Topics: PEEC, Assessing Curriculum, EQuIP

Acheiving True Next Gen Science Resource Alignment

Mar 22, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Curriculum, professional development, and hands-on materials are the  key components that make an effective STEM learning environment possible. So, you might be wondering, how does KnowAtom work to transform STEM education? 

Here’s our basic model: We take everything a student needs to experience and make it the totality of a school’s curriculum. The experiences are developed from the Next Generation Science Standards so this doubles as a quick and easy way for schools to engage students, achieve performance on science standardized testing, and align the science and engineering instruction to NGSS.

We change the way educators interpret STEM through professional development. 

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Topics: NGSS, knowatom, Assessing Curriculum

Traditional vs. Next Generation Models of Instruction

Mar 20, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

It's important to understand the the difference between traditional models of instruction and the mode of inquiry NGSS is built on. This post looks at the transition from the widely-used traditional model of teacher as a sage who distributes knowledge and students as sponges who recall that knowledge, to a next generation model where teachers act as coaches, and students as scientists and engineers in their own right.

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Topics: NGSS, Assessing Curriculum

5 Key Pivots Required to Meet the Goals of NGSS

Mar 16, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

In order to meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards, there are five key pivots to consider. These are each innovations that your curriculum will need to reflect. 

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Topics: Readiness Levels, 5 Pivots, Assessing Curriculum

The Innovation of STEM Readiness Levels

Mar 15, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Readiness levels speak to where a student is in terms of being able to access and work with curriculum content.

Awareness ready means they are mindful that the subject exists and of what scientists and engineers do; knowledge readiness means they have a framework of understanding about it; performance ready means they can interact with the material in the same context they've already learned; and mastery ready means they can take that material and use it creatively, evaluatively and analytically in any context. 

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Topics: NGSS, STEM, Readiness Levels, Assessing Curriculum

NGSS as a Hallmark Innovation in Science Instruction

Mar 13, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

It is crucial to understand that the NGSS represent a true innovation in science standards. Innovations aren’t iterations; they don’t simply make an existing model a little better. These innovations change science teaching and learning. 

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Topics: NGSS, curriculum, System-Level Alignment, Assessing Curriculum

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