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Suggested Citation:"Resources for Practitioners." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23548.
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Resources for Practitioners

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NSTA—NGSS resources The NSTA offers a variety of resources related to the NGSS as well as forums for discussion and exchange of ideas. http://ngss.nsta.org
NGSS website—Resources for Teachers This site provides a compilation of resources designed to help teachers understand the NGSS and design instruction that supports three-dimensional learning. http://www.nextgenscience.org/teachers
STEM Teaching Tools This site has tools that can help you teach STEM. They are currently focused on supporting the teaching of the NGSS. Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. http://stemteachingtools.org
The Teaching Channel—videos for science The Teaching Channel has developed a number of videos related to the NGSS and instruction to support three-dimensional learning. https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?page=1&categories=subjects_science&load=1
NGSX—Learning System for Science Educators NGSX is a Web-based professional development environment designed to engage teachers in working with the practices and disciplinary core ideas in the National Research Council report A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the NGSS. http://www.ngsx.org
Suggested Citation:"Resources for Practitioners." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23548.
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NGSA The NGSA group is a multi-institutional collaborative that is applying the evidence-centered design approach to create classroom-ready assessments for teachers to use formatively to gain insights into their students’ progress on achieving the NGSS performance expectations. They are creating classroom-based, instructionally supportive assessment tasks with accompanying resources that integrate the NGSS dimensions and measure science proficiency. The tasks can be accessed through their task portal. http://nextgenscienceassessment.org

NOTE: NGSA = Next Generation Science Assessment; NGSS = Next Generation Science Standards; NGSX = Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development; NSTA = National Science Teachers Association; STEM = science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Suggested Citation:"Resources for Practitioners." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23548.
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Suggested Citation:"Resources for Practitioners." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23548.
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Science educators in the United States are adapting to a new vision of how students learn science. Children are natural explorers and their observations and intuitions about the world around them are the foundation for science learning. Unfortunately, the way science has been taught in the United States has not always taken advantage of those attributes. Some students who successfully complete their K–12 science classes have not really had the chance to “do” science for themselves in ways that harness their natural curiosity and understanding of the world around them.

The introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards led many states, schools, and districts to change curricula, instruction, and professional development to align with the standards. Therefore existing assessments—whatever their purpose—cannot be used to measure the full range of activities and interactions happening in science classrooms that have adapted to these ideas because they were not designed to do so. Seeing Students Learn Science is meant to help educators improve their understanding of how students learn science and guide the adaptation of their instruction and approach to assessment. It includes examples of innovative assessment formats, ways to embed assessments in engaging classroom activities, and ideas for interpreting and using novel kinds of assessment information. It provides ideas and questions educators can use to reflect on what they can adapt right away and what they can work toward more gradually.

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