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Operationalizing the Science Practices Teacher Questionnaire User Guide


"In 2013, the National Research Council released the report Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 Education: A Nation Advancing? The report calls for a national indicator system that could be used to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, and sets forth 14 indicators related to students' access to quality learning, educators' capacity, and policy and funding initiatives. Horizon Research, Inc. received funding to develop a measure that could be used cost effectively at a large scale for Indicator 5--the extent to which classroom instruction aligns with the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) and the subsequently released Next Generation Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS] Lead States, 2013).

This user guide describes the development process of this measure, which consists of two sets of closed-ended questionnaire items. The first set is intended to assess the extent to which teachers' objectives for science instruction include students gaining proficiency with the science practices. The second set is intended to assess how often teachers engage students in the practices as part of their science instruction. In addition, this user manual describes the measurement properties and appropriate uses of the questionnaire items."

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What does "Implementing the NGSS" Mean? Operationalizing the science practices for K-12 classrooms