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Assessment Resources

Math Assessment Project
The project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

Smarter Balanced: Sample Items and Performance Tasks
Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments.

Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment
Probably the most cited document on formative assessment, this article identifies efforts to raise student achievement levels that failed because they focused on standards and accountability while ignoring what teachers and students do in the classroom.

The concept of formative assessment
This item, in a peer-review electronic journal, very briefly describes formative assessment and some significant research related to it. It is cited here because it identifies several resources for teachers.

General Resources

Standards Implementation Guides
From KDE – released January 2020

Resources for Current & Future STEM Educators
STEM careers, diversity resources, and scholarships

Free STEM Resources
STEM educational resources for school and community programs serving children in need

Spark 101: Interactive Videos 
Engage high school students in real-world problems and highlight inspiring STEM careers.

Council on Postsecondary Education
Kentucky Center for Mathematics
Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Kentucky Science Teachers Association
Learning Forward
National Science Teaching Association
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

In-Home and Online Learning Resources


Graphing Resources for Math and Science

Google SHEETS app
A spreadsheet program that can generate graphs and insert grids.

Use Open Office to draw, insert a grid as a photograph, etc; and then draw on it with various tools.

Open Office Calc
Use as a spreadsheet. Then, using the drawing tools in the program, insert lines, arrows, boxes, squiggles, and a variety of other elements….OR highlight the graph and copy/paste it into draw for the full set of drawing options.

Graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more – for free!

Create A Graph
National Center for Education Statistics/Kid’s Zone

Graph paper templates:
Other styles and formats at creativecommons.org; search for “graph paper”


COVID-19: Providing STEM Resources to Teachers and Families
We provide playlists of 3-minute video presentations created by federally funded projects. These projects have developed quality STEM resources for teachers, students and parents. We list the grade levels that they are appropriate for starting from Pre-K and continuing to High School. They may be useful to many during this time of school closures. We provide a link to the short 3-minute video as well as a link to the resources which are all free. 


NSTA is currently offering free professional learning web seminars focused on Transforming Science Learning (pedagogy).  We’ve also started a new free professional learning support called Teacher Tip Tuesdays where educators convene on Zoom to learn from educators in the field and then participate in a panel discussion. You can visit the NSTA Learning Center to listen to the archives of our most recent web seminars.

NSTA’s statement on handling microbes: http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/TipsForSafeHandlingOfMicroorganisms20160412.pdf

Journey North resources.https://journeynorth.org/

Citizen Science Projects https://journeynorth.org/projects

Students choose their own project and participate in the Project Budburst 

Earth Day Lesson Plans & Resources (provided by Sarah Faulkner, 8th trade science teacher, East Granby, CT)

NASA’s Earth Day 50th anniversary toolkit

In order to support the middle-grade science educator community during this challenging time, SEPUP is making available NGSS-aligned free resources for remote learning. SEPUP is the Science Education for Public Understanding Program at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California-Berkeley. To access these free resources, visit https://sepuplhs.org/middle/third-edition/simulations/index.html The resources currently available are listed below.

Life Science
Cells: Modeling Cell Structure and Function
Ecology: Effect of an Introduced Species
Evolution: Manipulating Genes
Evolutions: Mutations and Evolution

Physical Science
Fields: Visualize and Electric Field
Fields: Electric Field Transporter
Space: Moon Phases
Space: A Year Viewed from Space
Space: Modeling Gravity

Earth Science
Geology: Mapping Locations of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Geology: Plate Boundaries

Middle School Science: Lessons on Grocery Disinfecting Challenge! Neighborhood Disaster Plan, & The Issue with Tissue

Interdisciplinary studies on climate change
Grades 6-12: A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

Grades 6-12: NSTA’s Understanding Climate Change

Carbon TIME: an NSF-funded partnership led by Michigan State University 

Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education: COVID-19 and Online Learning
This collection of online learning activities, tools, and tips has something for every grade level, and you can filter by discipline and grade levels. These resources were developed by National Science Foundation-funded education researchers.


Favorite online videos and resources for elementary math

Graham Fletcher:   https://gfletchy.com/progression-videos/       These are really good!  Based on Common Core standards, but very good at explaining the progression of learning mathematics through  conceptual understanding.  This sight also has card sorts IAs could make for learning centers.  Here is the link to card sorting games https://gfletchy.com/fresh-ideas/    

Graham Fletcher conference sessions they can view:  https://gfletchy.com/captured-talks/

Graham Fletcher Blog activities with videos:  https://gfletchy.com/blog-2/


https://www.therecoveringtraditionalist.com/balanced-math-instruction/      One the right hand side of this page, there is a list of topics.  Some have videos and some do not.  She is pretty good to listen too.

Dan Meyer, Why Does Math Class need a Makeover?:  https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_class_needs_a_makeover?language=en

The Power of Positive Feedback / Strong/weak models.  This is not math, but it is a great video on providing feedback (formative assessment) with students. http://higherelearning.com/the-power-of-peer-feedback-austins-butterfly

Science Resources

COVID-19 and Online Learning

Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education: COVID-19 and Online Learning
This collection of online learning activities, tools, and tips has something for every grade level, and you can filter by discipline and grade levels. These resources were developed by National Science Foundation-funded education researchers.

Middle School Science: Lessons on Grocery Disinfecting Challenge! Neighborhood Disaster Plan, & The Issue with Tissue

Virtual programming from Fermilab, a U.S. Dept. of Energy physics laboratory.
Resources for Families & Educators
Physics through Virtual Learning: Particle Nature of Light and Modern Physics
Particle Nature of Light and Modern Physics is an NGSS-aligned instructional unit for high school physics teachers and students with direct connections to Fermilab research. You will find guiding questions, hands-on activities, simulations and virtual tours in this teacher-developed and piloted unit.
Fermilab Prairie Resources for Students to use now!
Interactive “field guides” or databases of the butterflies, frogs, insects and plants of the Fermilab prairie. Investigate the “Prairie flora and fauna,” bird database and more.

UCAR’s Center for Science Education
Geosciences supports for teachers funded by NSF


Interdisciplinary studies on climate change Grades 6-12: A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

Free PDF Books from National Academies Press
As of June 2, 2011, all PDF versions of books published by NAP will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes our current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.

NGSS for All Students
This unique book portrays real teaching scenarios written by the teachers on the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. The seven authentic case studies vividly illustrate research- and standards-based classroom strategies you can use to engage seven diverse demographic groups.

Disciplinary Core Ideas
Just as its subtitle says, this important book aims to reshape your approach to teaching and your students’ way of learning. Building on the foundation provided by A Framework for K–12 Science Education, which informed the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices
Written in clear, nontechnical language, this book provides a wealth of real-world examples to show you what’s different about practice-centered teaching and learning at all grade levels.

Page Keeley – Formative Assessment
The Uncovering Student Ideas series contains individual formative assessment probes on NGSS topics. These are useful for identifying misconceptions and informing instruction. The Formative Assessment series provides descriptions of classroom strategies that allow continuous assessment are engaging for students.

Developing Assessments for the NGSS
Chapters 1 and 4 are especially useful for teachers.

Seeing Students Learn Science
Focus on classroom assessment

Everyday Science Mysteries
Each volume includes 15 mysteries that emphasize concepts from life, physical, and Earth and space sciences and provide opportunities for students to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, test their ideas, come up with explanations.

Picture Perfect Science
Picture-Perfect Science Lessons and More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, published by the National Science Teachers Association, have helped teachers deepen their content knowledge and integrate science and reading in a meaningful way. Each book contains ready-to-teach lessons and features engaging, science-related books tied to inquiry-based science lessons.

Perfect Pairs Grades K-2 and 3-5
This book contains engaging, NGSS-aligned lessons using fiction and nonfiction picture books to teach K-2 life science. A new book continues pairing books for 3-5 life science.

Argument Driven Inquiry
Students need to understand the core ideas and crosscutting concepts of science and learn how to participate in scientific practices in order to be proficient in science. They also need to develop science specific literacy skills. Argument-Driven Inquiry is an innovative approach to laboratory instruction that is based on current research about how people learn science and current recommendations for making lab activities more meaningful for students. https://www.argumentdriveninquiry.com/

Documents & Newsletters
Web Resources, Lessons, & Activities

The official website to access the framework, standards, appendices, and evidence statements.

National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
This professional organization offers a monthly magazine and many online resources and webinars. There is a yearly fee for membership but anyone, member on non-member, can access many of the free webinars. You can also access the standards here. You will need to register on the site.

Scientific Modeling Resources created through NSF funding.

This app is free and provides all of the standards arranged by topic or DCI. The progressions, a link to the framework and appendices, and other resources are also included.

Bozeman Science 
NGSS Playlist that contains a video on each of the 8 practices, 7 crosscutting concepts, and 44 disciplinary core ideas.

Teaching Channel
Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.

This website provides K-5 science teachers with resources, lessons, and activities based on the NGSS standards, created by teachers in Michigan.

Mystery Science
This website provides videos and activities for NGSS topics in grades 3-5. The hook, visuals, and activity have all been prepared for you.

NGSS in Action
Video example of teaching NGSS in 5th grade

Free earth science resources
Maps, posters, PowerPoints, and other publications from the Kentucky Geological Survey to K – 12 classrooms.

Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching
Support materials, sample lessons, videos

MinuteEarth channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/minuteearth
MinutePhysics channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics

Kurgesagt in a Nutshell
Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. We are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

Carbon: Transformations in Matter and Energy (Carbon TIME) is a science education program that includes publicly available teaching units, assessments, teacher professional development, and teacher networks based in local education agencies. 

Switch Energy Alliance
Free resources, video library, and education resources

STEM Teaching Tools
Resource tools on all things NGSS related, including support for designing classroom assessment items

Phenomena for NGSS
Range of relevant phenomena

Next Generation Science Storylines
Sample storylines (E, M, H)

Next Generation Science Assessment
Sample classroom assessment items (MS)

Better Lesson
Must be a good consumer, but many lessons are aligned.

Secondary Science Modules
Secondary science modules from U of Conn

Science in the Classroom
Articles from Science magazine with annotations, questions, teacher support materials, some collections on topics

Tuva Labs
Numerous data sets that can be manipulated in a variety of ways; graphs, etc. can be downloaded

Science Daily
Breaking news in science

Science Snacks
Hands-on, teacher-tested activities that bring explorations of natural phenomena into the classroom and home.

Classroom Assessment Tasks: MS and HS examples from Achieve

Center for Standards, Assessment, & Accountability
Currently has a 5th grade and a HS prototype

Data Nuggets
Activities that bring real scientific data in the classroom

MS and HS biology, environmental science resources

Science Journal for Kids
Cutting edge peer-reviewed environmental science research adapted for students

Science News for Students

National Ecological Observatory Network
Open source data on changing ecosystems

Using Data in the Classroom
Data sources and tools, all disciplines

FieldScope from BSCS
Citizen Science Data


The Purdue University College of Science K-12 Outreach
6th, 7th, and 8th grade lessons, videos, and links to synchronous follow up sessions. 

Free, all grades

Concord Consortium
Free, all grades 

Free download, MS and HS

Subscription, free 30 day trial, all grades

Subscription, all grades – data analysis 

Commercial Products

Exploring Science by Cengage Learning
K-5 materials

iQWST by Activate Learning
MS materials

K-12 materials

Amplify Science
By Lawrence Hall of Science, K-8

Math Resources

Making Kentucky Family Math Night Resources Work for You
Kentucky Family Math Nights provide educators, children and family members an opportunity to learn and talk about mathematics in an engaging, supportive environment. In this video, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) math consultants share how these activities might be adapted from in-person evenings to virtual family math experiences that can happen anytime. Kentucky Family Math Night Facilitator Guide

Math Assessment Project
The project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

The Mathematics Common Core Coalition (MC3) has established this website to provide access to documents and links to material, information, and resources that the organizations of the coalition are providing to the public and to the education community about CCSSM. Teachers, district and state leaders, and mathematics educators can visit this site for information about the implementation, interpretation, and assessment of the CCSSM.

Task Rotations
From the Making Algebraic Connections project

Facilitated by PIMSER
Grant Funded by the Kentucky Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership

The Making Algebraic Connections project (MAC) provided the content and strategies necessary for grade 4-8 teachers to engineer effective classroom experiences that help students self-assess and confront their misconceptions in algebraic reasoning. MAC content focused on deepening participating teachers’ understanding of the content and pedagogical content knowledge necessary to teach the algebra in grades 4-8. The project addressed the foundational prerequisites that research identified as necessary for success in algebra along with the learning progression in algebra from grades 4-8 as outlined in the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for mathematics and the connection to the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) necessary for students to develop conceptual understanding.

National Library of Virtual Initiatives

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

Khan Academy

Mathwire.com – Template Library

This website provides a variety of online calculators, such as math and statistics, financial, engineering and conversion calculators.

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