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Evaluation Rubrics

Twig Science scores highly on NGSS-based rubrics such as NextGen TIME Paper screen evaluation. See below for materials that show exactly how we meet these criteria:

Foundations Analyze Evidence

The use of the three dimensions to make sense of phenomena and solve problems is integral to the instructional design of Twig Science. The rubric here explains where to find evidence of this across all our modules and, likewise, how the three dimensions follow a logical sequence. The short video complements this rubric, helping you to navigate the program quickly. Module-specific rubrics are below.


Every module in Twig Science has an overarching Module Phenomenon or Investigative Problem that drives student learning.

F1. Presence of Phenomena/Problems


Students are supported to use the three dimensions with increasing sophistication to make sense of the Module Phenomenon, answer the Driving Questions, and complete the learning activities. Every DCI, SEP, and CCC that is addressed in each lesson is clearly identified in the Teacher Edition at the start of the lesson, as are the 3-D Learning Objectives.

Grade 3 Module 1 DQ4L4 3-D Learning Objectives TE p. 222

F2. Presence of Three Dimensions


The front cover of every Teacher Edition contains the CA NGSS Framework Alignment. It sets out a clear and logical sequence for the Performance Expectations across the Twig Science K–6 modules. It also illustrates how the 29 K–6 modules align directly to the 29 K–6 CA Framework Segments.

F3. Presence of Logical Sequence