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High School

OpenSciEd High School offers three courses that address the NGSS and empower students with a rigorous science education to prepare them for success in college and STEM careers.

Materials Development Timeline

The development of our high school science classroom materials began in January 2021 and includes materials for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses with the Earth and Space Science standards woven throughout each. The first units were released in February 2023, and the full Biology course was completed in February 2024. The Physics and Chemistry courses will be completed in June 2024. More details are available on our Unit Release Schedule page.

The high school instructional materials and associated professional learning are being developed by the High School Development Consortium, led by inquiryHub at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Design of the High School Materials

The High School Design Specifications describe what we want science learning to look like for every student, and therefore guide our materials development process and implementation support. And the Instructional Model is how we aim to bring those specifications to life in the classroom. Both the Specifications and the Instructional Model are based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the resulting Next Generation Science Standards, including the emphasis on three-dimensional learning that integrates science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.

The high school units will be developed based on this draft Scope and Sequence.

This webinar with Dr. William Penuel describes the development of the High School materials.