The NGSS Lesson Screener provides a quick way to look at a lesson and determine whether its level of NGSS design indicates that it is worth investing time in a full EQuIP Rubric for Science evaluation, which is a more thorough vetting that includes a scoring guide. The NGSS Lesson Screener includes fewer criteria than the EQuIP Rubric for Science and is intended to be used as a more informal review to see if a learning sequence is on the right track.
The purpose of the NGSS Lesson Screener is to quickly review a lesson to see:
- whether a lesson being developed or revised is on the right track;
- if a lesson warrants further review using the EQuIP Rubric for Science; and
- to what extent a group of reviewers have a common understanding of the NGSS or designing lessons for the NGSS.
For the purposes of using the lesson screener, a lesson is defined as a coherent set of instructional activities and assessments that may extend over several class periods or days; it is not just a single activity.