Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science, & Other Standards: Raising the Bar on Instruction

Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards present exciting opportunities for K-12 students to learn skills and build dispositions that propel them toward a lifelong love of learning and problem solving, and success in school, career, and life.

Common Core and other college- and career-readiness standards require a higher level of rigor than ever before in teachers’ daily instructional practice. WestEd’s Raising the Bar on Instruction website is designed to support educators with planning and delivering highly effective instruction aligned with today’s content standards.

Common Core, Next Generation Science, & Other  Standards: A Website for Educators

The Raising the Bar on Instruction website includes:

  • Free, high-quality, multimedia, research-based resources from nationally recognized content and pedagogy experts
  • Tools for planning and delivering high-quality professional development and consultation on Common Core and Next Generation Science standards
  • Opportunities to collaborate with peers to share ideas and interact with content and teaching specialists
  • Guidance on thinking about and using resources at the school, district, and state levels
  • Information about professional development, technical assistance, consultation, research, and evaluation services from WestEd

The website is organized by content area, allowing users to quickly find and freely use information available in resource collections, tools, and blogs, as well as learn about highlighted events. The services section features WestEd’s work in curriculum alignment, assessment and accountability, subject area expertise and professional development, teaching diverse populations including English learners and students with disabilities, and school climate and social-emotional learning.