OpenSciEd in Massachusetts
OpenSciEd brings together multiple partners, including Massachusetts as one of 10 partner states, a consortium of curriculum developers, and many other science education leaders and experts, to create a complete set of robust, research-based, open-source, K–12 science instructional materials while addressing demand for science instructional materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
Since 2018, Massachusetts has supported and contributed to the development of these open-source middle school science instructional materials through collaboration on a scope and sequence, design specifications, and instructional model of the instructional materials. Massachusetts districts and middle school science teachers have field tested the materials and provided feedback to improve them.
Many of the OpenSciEd units are available with the release of the complete middle school curriculum in 2022. Released units have been evaluated by NextGenScience's EQuIP Peer Review Panel and have received a high quality rating.
Massachusetts completed the 3-year field test of the OpenSciEd middle school instructional materials. The OpenSciEd Field Test in Massachusetts Report summarizes feedback on the OpenSciEd instructional materials provided by middle school Massachusetts teacher participants through two focus groups and one survey.
In partnership with the One8 Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help support implementation of the program, access in-state training, and receive additional support and complimentary programming. The school grant application is currently closed. To learn more, visit MassSTEMHub.
OpenSciEd Implementation Support Resources