It’s About TIME: A Rigorous New Process for Selecting Instructional Materials for Science
The California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation (TIME) is a suite of tools and processes for evaluating and selecting instructional materials aligned with the CA NGSS. This report provides an overview of the full TIME process, participants’ perceptions of TIME, a detailed description of statewide TIME trainings, challenges to implementing the TIME process, and recommendations for adoption committees supporting districts’ NGSS implementation.
CA NGSS TIME takes adoption committees through a comprehensive, six-step, evidence-based process for evaluating how well instructional materials:
- Align to the NGSS
- Provide desired student learning experiences
- Provide useful teacher supports and resources
- Correspond to district needs and priorities
To kick off statewide implementation of TIME in California, a series of TIME trainings were held in 2018–19. The primary purpose of the trainings was to model the most time-intensive and comprehensive step of the TIME process, the Paper Screen. TIME training attendees and facilitators cited several benefits of the approach, including that TIME:
- Is useful for district materials adoption
- Deepens participants’ understanding of the NGSS
- Improves participants’ ability to recognize features of high-quality instructional materials
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