Friday, October 16, 2015

Next Generation Science Accelerated Pathways

NGSS just released its recommendations for an accelerated science pathway in high school. I haven't read through it much yet but I think it should be of interest to everyone.

The Accelerated Pathways developers use some of the best practices in gifted education - differentiation, mentoring, curriculum compacting, pacing, and telescoping - to explain and illustrate ways to organize an accelerated program of study. The Accelerated Pathways document also suggests ways to remediate knowledge gaps for students from the regular instructional program who enter the accelerated pathway later than their accelerated peers.
Other strengths include identification of the math skills needed in the accelerated pathway as well as a comparison chart of the shared concepts between the NGSS and AP Science courses, often the only courses available to advanced students. It is not common for educators to recommend acceleration as an appropriate choice for advanced learners. However, the developers embrace acceleration for our most highly able science students and provide specific direction to schools and districts on how to develop and deliver course content that is appropriate for those students who are ready and eager for curriculum that far exceeds the traditional course offerings.

http://www.nextgenscience.org/ngss-accelerated-model-course-pathways


5 comments :

Anonymous said...

These standards seem really environmental science and evolution heavy. Physics, materials, engerineeing, anatomy and physiology, and even theory and methodology, all seem to have been given short shrift with a real focus on "agenda" science. Really, how many evolution, lectures can one person sit through?
West

Anonymous said...

I wish there was some sort of organization in my science education as a kid. I remember doing 5 or 6 labs boiling water to "discover" transitions of states of matter. It got really old.
West

Anonymous said...

Benjamin,

I don't know if you saw my post in the October open thread. The new assignment procedures (to be approved this week) don't include an automatic assignment to Garfield.

Anonymous said...

Do 8th grade parents feel like there's a sticker on their backs saying, "kick me?" How many more surprises/changes will they impose on the 2020 cohort? Aack.

Anonymous said...

The assignment plan Action Report item from the Board simply refers to Superintendent Procedures (which can be changed without Board approval), so it's unclear how HCC high school assignments will be made for 2016 and beyond, but according to the Superintendent Procedure 3130SP, referenced in the Action Report, Garfield is still the designated pathway school for HCC.

http://www.seattleschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_543/File/District/Departments/School%20Board/15-16agendas/10072015agenda/20151007_Action_Report_Student_Assign_Plan_Packet.pdf

http://sps.ss8.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_543/File/Migration/Departments/HR/3130SP.pdf