Many science instructional materials claim to be aligned to the NGSS with little to no evidence. The quality control of NextGenScience’s review process helps educators make smarter decisions about which instructional materials to use.
The NGSS Design Badge provides an easy way for consumers to be assured that a unit — whether found online for free or purchased from a publisher — is designed for the NGSS. As a digital badge with embedded, detailed feedback about the materials, the evidence for why the badge was awarded follows the badge wherever it goes. It’s critical that educators know not only that the materials are designed for today’s science standards, but also that evidence supports this claim.
The NGSS Design Badge also gives publishers and developers a way to demonstrate to educators and science leaders that their materials are high quality and designed for the NGSS.
As of November 2020, approximately 4% of all units reviewed by NextGenScience or its Peer Review Panel had been awarded the prestigious NGSS Design Badge.