According to recent research shared by EdReports, nearly half of science teachers in the U.S. are using instructional materials they’ve made themselves – and 69% have never received coaching on the use of their main materials. In comparison to English language arts and math, the quality science curriculum landscape is murky. Far fewer program materials have been highly rated (or even eligible for review) by groups like EdReports, which makes it harder for states and districts to adopt quality curriculum.
That’s why I’m glad to see some promising news on the science curriculum front. Last week, OpenSciEd announced that they’ve now published a complete middle school science curriculum that is free, openly accessible, and complemented by educator supports like videos and guides. The most exciting part about OpenSciEd to me is its development across ten different states in direct partnership with science teachers. I’ve been following this innovative organization and it’s great to see the release of their middle school platform as they continue working on a full set of elementary and high school materials.
For folks interested in getting more involved in the instructional materials space, EdReports is actively seeking reviewers with expertise in the Next Generation Science Standards to conduct reviews of K-12 science materials. Learn more here and spread the word about this great opportunity to science educators in your network.