How well do you align with Best Practices?
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What makes up a high-quality science program?
How does our science program compare to research-based best practices?
In what areas would changes or additional resources be most likely to improve our science program?
A new school service from NSTA will help you address these questions. A Science Program Improvement Review (SPIR) includes:
- Convening district leaders to participate in an assessment against SPIR standards in 15 areas essential to a high-quality program;
- Applying the experience and insight of experts to observe selected classrooms and facilitate focus groups of teachers, students, and parents;
- Gathering detailed information on instruction and professional development through online surveys of teachers and principals; and
- Writing a summary report with recommendations for next steps in planning improvements.
The standards for high-quality science programs used in SPIR are aligned with the content of NSTA position statements, which are developed by national experts and reviewed by NSTA officers, staff, and members.
The reviewers are educators with expert knowledge who have been trained in the use of the review tools and bring the insight and perspective that comes from practical experience in leading district science education programs.
The time and resources on the review enables more focused and effective resource allocation as decisions are made after the review. The content of the SPIR standards provides a research-based framework for coherent, sustainable improvements.
Nine data collection processes document a comprehensive review.
For more information, see FAQs and contact the NSTA SPIR staff.
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