Council of State Science Supervisors
Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE)
The Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE, or “access”) project brings together partners from educational research and practice to improve equity by building coherence in science education. The project is based on a deep collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder, the Council of State Science Supervisors, and the University of Washington.
Educators are frequently asked to implement state and local initiatives that do not share a common vision for teaching and learning or cohere with one another. This incoherence can reinforce educational inequities. It provides an extra challenge for schools that are already struggling with accountability pressures or assessment systems. To that end, the ACESSE project is bringing together educators and researchers to collaboratively research, develop, and pilot strategies to make science education more coherent and equitable.
Strategies and resources that come from this project are being around the country through networks of science education leaders. The strategies are grounded in the vision of A Framework for K-12 Education, and they focus on formative assessment as a leverage point for improvement. The ACESSE project is testing and iteratively refining resources and strategies that educators and researchers identify and design together. Follow the project on Twitter.
The resources developed through this collaboration can be found on the Resource Tab.