Making Middle School Science Whole: Transitioning to an Integrated Approach to Science Instruction

by Ashley Iveland; Burr Tyler; Katy Nilsen; Kimberly Nguyen; Ted Britton

Oct 1, 2018

NGSS Early Implementers is a four-year initiative created to help eight California school districts and two charter management organizations, supported by WestEd's K-12 Alliance, implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The Initiative focuses on NGSS implementation in grades K-8 and incorporates the integrated course model (preferred by the California State Board of Education) for middle school. This evaluation report discusses the integration of science disciplines in grades 6-8, including the benefits and challenges of the California preferred integrated model for science instruction.

Intended for school, state, and district leaders, the report addresses the following:

  • Where the districts are in their transition to the integrated model of science instruction
  • What integrated instruction looks like in the classroom
  • How the Initiative has supported teachers in implementing integrated science
  • Planning considerations for districts implementing the integrated model

Finally, recommendations are provided for administrator support of teachers who are shifting to science instruction that integrates the science disciplines.