High-quality science instructional materials are a necessary component of the successful transition to today’s science standards. NextGenScience aims to create a shared vision and common understanding about what design for today’s science standards means among educators and developers.

Designing instructional materials that prepare students to meet the goals of today’s science standards is complex but critical work. Developed in close collaboration with teachers, state education leaders, and science education researchers, our suite of tools* surfaces the most important design features of high-quality materials and provides feedback to developers on how to improve their materials. We provide review services using the following tools:

* The tools were developed when the NextGenScience team was a part of Achieve.

Review Types

NextGenScience offers several types of reviews, depending on a client’s needs and purpose.

The EQuIP Rubric for Science Full Review

The EQuIP Rubric for Science Full Review includes several reviewers independently examining the materials and then building a consensus report. The confidential review process includes:

  • Detailed, criterion-based evidence, reasoning, and suggestions for improvement for each of the EQuIP Rubric for Science criteria.
  • Follow-up to discuss the feedback that is provided.
  • Quick re-review for minor modifications to the unit at no additional cost, if needed.

If the unit earns the highest rating on the EQuIP Rubric for Science, it will be eligible for the digital NGSS Design Badge. Information about the unit and a link to the developer’s website will be posted on nextgenscience.org.

Publishers that are seeking a review for free and publicly available middle school materials can submit them for an EQuIP Rubric for Science Full Review free of charge to the Peer Review Panel. To learn more, click here.

EQuIP Rubric Criteria

I. NGSS 3D Design

  • Explaining Phenomena/Designing Solutions
  • Three Dimensions
  • Integrating the Three Dimensions
  • Unit Coherence
  • Multiple Science Domains
  • Math and ELA

II. NGSS Instructional Supports

  • Relevance and Authenticity
  • Student Ideas
  • Building on Students’ Prior Knowledge
  • Building Progressions
  • Scientific Accuracy
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Teacher Support for Unit Coherence
  • Scaffolded differentiation over time

III. Monitoring NGSS Student Progress

  • Monitoring 3D student performances
  • Formative
  • Scoring guidance
  • Unbiased tasks/items
  • Coherent Assessment system
  • Opportunity to learn

The EQuIP Rubric for Science Foundations Review

The shortest review for a unit or lesson, the EQuIP Foundations Review provides developers with detailed, criterion-based feedback on foundational elements of NGSS-design using the same process as the EQuIP Full Review. Developers have used the feedback from these reviews to determine if their unit is designed around core NGSS design principles and to inform any re-design approach. Units undergoing a Foundations Review are not eligible to earn the NGSS Design Badge, but can be submitted for a full review upon revision.

EQuIP Foundations Review Criteria
  • Explaining Phenomena/Designing Solutions
  • Three Dimensions
  • Integrating the Three Dimensions
  • Unit Coherence

NGSS Lesson Screener Reviews

NGSS Lesson Screener Reviews provide quick feedback on a lesson and determine whether its level of NGSS design indicates that it is worth investing time in a full EQuIP Rubric for Science evaluation, which is a more thorough vetting. The NGSS Lesson Screener includes fewer criteria than the EQuIP Rubric for Science. However, feedback from an NGSS Lesson Screener Review can help a developer see whether a lesson being developed or revised is on the right track. For the purposes of using the Lesson Screener, a lesson is defined as a coherent set of instructional activities and assessments that could extend over several class periods or days; it is not just a single activity.

NGSS Lesson Screener Criteria

Explaining Phenomena or Designing Solutions

Three Dimensions

Integrating the Three Dimensions for Instruction and Assessment

Relevance and Authenticity

Student Ideas

Building on Students’ Prior Knowledge

Science Task Screener Reviews

Science Task Screener Reviews provide in-depth feedback about four key criteria for assessment tasks:

  1. High-quality scenarios that focus on phenomena or problems.
  2. Sense-making using the three dimensions.
  3. Fairness and equity.
  4. Supports intended targets and purpose.

The Review Process

NextGenScience’s reviews of units, lessons, and assessments provide developers with evidence-based feedback and suggestions on the design of their products so they can improve their design in ways that matter most for students.

Each review takes approximately six weeks to complete but may be completed sooner, depending on the unit type. Materials submitted to the Science Peer Review Panel are screened and assigned to one of our quarterly review windows.

Have Your Science Instructional Materials Reviewed Are your materials designed for the NGSS? NextGenScience reviews K-12 science instructional materials using the EQuIP Rubric. Top rated materials are awarded the NGSS Design Badge. Our team has reviewed science materials for over 180 publishers. How does the NextGenScience review process work? 1.Submit science lesson sequences or units to NextGenScience. 2.A team of EQuIP experts reviews each submission individually using the EQuIP Rubric. 3.Our reviewers synthesize individual reviews into a single consensus report. 4. Consensus feedback along with a rating is returned to submitter. 5. a. Top rated submissions are awarded the NGSS Design Badge b. Developers receive confidential feedback to support with revision.

NextGenScience Peer Review Panel

Science Peer Review Panel

The NextGenScience Peer Review Panel (Science PRP) is a cohort of educators from across the country, with expertise in the NGSS and in high-quality materials design, that reviews lessons and units to determine the extent to which they are designed for the NGSS.

The Science PRP was launched by Achieve in 2016 to address the issue of insufficient and inadequate publicly available examples of science instructional materials designed for the NGSS. The Science PRP reviews materials that are free and publicly available and provides independent, third party feedback to developers to improve the materials. When materials are highly rated, they are shared as Quality Examples of NGSS Design.

To find out more about the Peer Review Panel, click here.

NextGenScience thanks the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their generous support of the NextGenScience Peer Review Panel. Opinions expressed within the NGSS Now Newsletter do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   

Review Pathways

There are two pathways to have materials reviewed by the NextGenScience team: one free of charge through our Peer Review Panel and one on a fee-for-service basis. See the table below for more details.

Review Pathways
If Your Materials Are: They Qualify for:

Free, publicly available, and designed for middle school

Review by our Peer Review Panel, which reviews units free of charge to the developer. These reviews are confidential, unless they earn the top two ratings on the EQuIP Rubric for Science, in which case developers must agree to share them publicly along with their EQuIP review on our website of high-quality examples.

You can submit materials for a free review here.


Free and publicly available for elementary or high school
OR
Commercial or proprietary materials for grades K–12

Review by NextGenScience. These fee-for-service reviews are confidential unless they earn the top rating on the EQuIP Rubric for Science, which is designated by the NGSS Design Badge.

If you’re interested in receiving a quote for the review of your materials, please fill out this survey to give us a little more information about them.

The NextGenScience team works with a cadre of highly trained expert consultants to review and provide feedback, using the EQuIP Rubric for Science, on proprietary materials.

Review costs are based on the length of the unit, the review type, and the review pathway.

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