High-quality instructional materials are a key part of implementing science standards. However, it is rare for instructional materials to be implemented exactly as intended. Educators modify instructional materials for many reasons, including for individual students, relevance to local phenomena and cultures, and the constraints of their available time and equipment. Understanding how and why educators select and make changes to science instructional materials is critical to supporting classroom implementation of science standards. To learn more about the factors that affect instructional materials selection and modification, NextGenScience conducted a landscape analysis that included a national survey of state leaders, regional leaders, district leaders, classroom teachers, and developers of instructional materials. This report shares the findings from the landscape analysis as well as recommendations for the field.
Read the report here.