Council of State Science Supervisors
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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.

Resources Developed Through this Collaboration:

Introduction to Formative Assessment to Support Equitable 3D Instruction (Resource A)

How to Assess Three Dimensional Learning in the Classroom: Building Assessment Tasks that Works (Resource B)

Making Science Instruction Compelling for All Students: Using Cultural Formative Assessment to Build on Learner Interest and Experience (Resource C)

How to Craft 3D Classroom Science Assessments (Resource D) 

Selecting Anchoring Phenomena for Equitable 3D Teaching (Resource E)

Learning to See the Resources Students Bring to Sense-Making (Resource G)

How to Craft Three Dimensional Classroom Science Assessments (Resource D).

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