Science services include support for the development and implementation of high-quality instructional practices that align with science standards, including professional learning and coaching.


Iowa Science Standards/NGSS




Elementary (Grades K-5)

  • Evidence Statements (K-5) – NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements are statements of observable and measurable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.
  • Classroom Sample Tasks – Classroom Sample Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across disciplines have collaborated to write sample tasks, which are the result of a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics for classroom use.
  • NGSS Classroom Resources – Various lesson plans and units focusing on NGSS Performance Expectations grouped by topic

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • Evidence Statements (6-8) – NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements are statements of observable and measurable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.
  • Classroom Sample Tasks – Classroom Sample Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across disciplines have collaborated to write sample tasks, which are the result of a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics for classroom use.
  • NGSS Classroom Resources – Various lesson plans and units focusing on NGSS Performance Expectations grouped by topic

High School (Grades 9-12)

  • Evidence Statements (9-12) – NGSS Evidence Statements provide educators with additional detail on what students should know and be able to do. These Evidence Statements are statements of observable and measurable components that, if met, will satisfy NGSS performance expectations.
  • Classroom Sample Tasks – Classroom Sample Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across the disciplines have collaborated to write sample tasks, which are the result of a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics for classroom use.
  • NGSS Classroom Resources – Various lesson plans and units focusing on NGSS Performance Expectations grouped by topic
  • Course Sequencing FAQ – Resource from the Iowa Department of Education regarding course requirements and expectations for high schools

Assessment

NAEP Assessments – The Nation’s Report Card Assessment

  • NAEP Question Tool – Use this tool to explore the question database, look at item maps and even test yourself

TIMSS IEA’s Third International Mathematics and Science Study

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. 4th- and 8th-grade students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS data have been collected in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007.

Performance Assessment Links in Science (PALS)

Performance Assessment Links in Science (PALS) is an online, standards-based,  bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards frameworks

Micro-Credential Courses




Science Micro-Credential Courses are available for self-paced learning and optional credit.

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Science Communities




Iowa’s AEA science consultants are utilizing social media as a way to increase collaboration among teachers. Consider joining one or more of the Iowa Facebook pages to share news, ideas, resources, and questions.

Note: Facebook groups exist for each of the OpenSciEd units. Visit openscied.org for more information.

Iowa 9-12 Science Teachers

Iowa 6-8 Science Teachers

Iowa 3-5 Science Teachers

Iowa K-2 Science Teachers

Important contacts

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Kim Wise

Consultant, Science

712-366-0503 ext. 7204 Email Kim Wise