The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offers a general framework for the development of science curricula. However, the Standards was not meant to be the only input into the design of instruction, assessment and professional development. Instead, one should supplement the Standards with theoretically and empirically based results from learning-sciences research. The goal of the CBAL® Science Competency Model and Provisional Learning Progressions is to provide such a supplement for middle school, one that we believe can provide fresh insight as to how assessment, instruction and professional development might be designed so that they have maximum positive impact on teaching and learning.
The CBAL Science Competency Model and Provisional Learning Progressions offer:
- a general framework to represent the dimensions of science proficiency
- a clarification of science inquiry practices
- hypothesized learning progressions for core ideas and science practices based on existing literature
This is a work-in-progress subject to empirical validation and theoretical challenge. We hope that it will stimulate discussion, encourage debate and promote empirical research about the best ways to bring the learning sciences to bear in assessment reform.
Read the ETS Research Report.
View the complete CBAL Science Competency Model and Provisional Learning Progressions.
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