New Science Assessments coming for NJ studentsTop of Page

The New Jersey Department of Education has announced that it plans to implement new standardized science assessments to better align with the Next Generation Science Standards (known in NJ as NJSLS - Science). The assessments will be comprehensive (all areas of science) and will be administered in 5th grade, 8th grade and 11th grade. The assessments administered this spring (2018) will be field tests; therefore no results will be reported back to students/families, schools or districts. The format of the test is not finalized yet, but the department has suggested that the following resources are great places to start when thinking about how to prepare for these new assessments:
 
Prompts for Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into Instruction:
Steps to Designing 3-D Assessments:
 
Links to high quality science assessment resources:
 

NEW K-5 Science Curriculum, Assessments & Resources -- Revised for NGSS!Top of Page

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Teachers, please click on your grade level to access all of the brand new science curriculum documents that have been revised for the Next Generation Science Standards. To avoid problems getting access, be sure you are using the Chrome browser and are logged in using your district account.
 
 
***** All K-5 curricula should now be accessible. Please email Dr. Monaghan if you have any issues accessing your curriculum. Thank you for your patience during the transition to our new standards!! *****

6th - 12th Grade Science Curriculum & Assessments -- updated for 2017-2018!Top of Page

Teachers, please click on your course name for the link to the google drive that contains all the curriculum documents for your course. To avoid problems getting access, be sure you are using the Chrome browser and are logged in using your district account.
 
 

Next Generation Science StandardsTop of Page

As most of you know, the Next Generation Science Standards are changing science instruction in exciting ways! In New Brunswick, all K-12 Science curricula have been updated to align to the new standards.  Check out some of the links below for more information about the standards:
 
 
In either one of those websites, you can search by grade level to find the relevant Performance Expectations and their inherent Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-cutting Concepts & Science and Engineering Practices. 

 

A Framework for K-12 Science Education (a good resource for the basis of NGSS including content knowledge; create a free account to download a free PDF):

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13165/a-framework-for-k-12-science-education-practices-crosscutting-concepts#

Resources to support Science LiteracyTop of Page

Check out the websites below for great resources to support science literacy!
 
These two are free to educators and have articles at a variety of reading levels on a wide range of topics:
 
Resources that the district has subscriptions to:
For help getting onto Discovery Education, click here.
 
Annotated research papers for student research:
 
Skype a scientist!