Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Foundational Research Documents

Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom
  • Report that is meant to help educators improve their understanding of how students learn science and guide the adaptation of their instruction and approach to assessment. 
  • Includes examples of innovative assessment formats, ways to embed assessments in engaging classroom activities, and ideas for interpreting and using novel kinds of assessment information. 
  • Provides ideas and questions educators can use to reflect on what they can adapt right away and what they can work toward more gradually.
  • Released by the National Research Council (NRC) in 2017 and available as a free PDF
Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Report by the Board on Science Education, National Research Council
  • This report provides research-based guidance to district and school leaders and teachers for implementing the new Arkansas K-12 Science Standards from kindergarten through high school.  The recommendations for aligning curriculum and instruction, assessment, and instructional materials to the new standards are guided by seven principles that reflect the new vision for science education.
  • Available as a free PDF

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

  • Blueprint document for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2011 and available as a free PDF
  • NRC Framework recommends that science education in grades K-12 be built around three dimensions: 1) Scientific and engineering practices, 2) Crosscutting concepts that unify the study of science and engineering, 3) Core ideas in science

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

  • Report that describes the types of assessments that will be needed to monitor student progress
  • Released by the National Research Council (NRC) in May 2014 and available as a free PDF
  • Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA) and the Board on Science Education recommends assessment systems that include a range of assessments that inform one another

For more information, please contact:

Michele Snyder, Science Specialist for Curriculum and Instruction
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-7942

State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

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