2016-17 Task Force for middle school sciences and high school Earth Science
During the 2016-2017 school year the Maine Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Research at the RiSE Center assembled a Task Force of community teachers, RiSE Staff, and
University of Maine graduate students to evaluate available NGSS-aligned STEM curricula for middle school Earth, physical and life sciences and high school Earth science. The goal of the task force was to recommend one set of instructional resources per subject/grade that could be used in Maine Stem Partnership community schools.
As the Task Force embarked on their evaluation they adapted processes used by previous task forces assembled by the Elementary Science Partnership (20XX) and Physical Science Partnership (2010-11 and 2011-12), which were based
on the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Curriculum Evaluation Tool. This entailed a two-tier process consisting of a shallow overview of all resources and a more detailed, rigorous analysis of three resources in each content area. The analyses focused on scientific content and scientific practices, instructional supports, and the integration of mathematics, technology and literacy in each set of instructional resources.
Of 9 middle school resources and 5 high school Earth resources the task force found that the following resources were the best fit for Maine schools:
Middle School Life: SEPUP*
Middle School Physical: SEPUP*
Middle School Earth: SEPUP**
High School Earth: EarthComm
*New resources being piloted during the 2017-18 school year.
**New edition being released during 2017-18 year and will be adopted for 2018-19 academic year