Next Generation Science Standards
Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Analyzing and Interpreting Data
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This web seminar took place on October 23, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Dr. Ann Rivet of Teachers College Columbia University. This program was the fourth in a series of eight web seminars focused on the major practices contained in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the document that will inform the Next Generation Science Standards, due out in spring 2013.

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In this web seminar, Dr. Rivet talked about the fourth scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: analyzing and interpreting data. She defined the process of analyzing and interpreting data and explained how it relates to the other practices in the Framework. Then she provided an in-depth look at the practice of analyzing and interpreting data in progression from early elementary to high school. After sharing examples for each grade band, Dr. Rivet talked about challenges teachers may encounter and discussed strategies for assessment. Ted Willard, director of NSTA’s efforts surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards, shared resources that can help teachers prepare for the implementation of the standards.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Graduate Credit Available
Shippensburg University will offer one (1) graduate credit to individuals who have successfully completed NSTA’s Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards - Practices webinar series. The total cost is $165. For information on the course requirements, as well as registration and payment information visit

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I thought this seminar was very helpful. In particular, I think that Ann Rivet did a good job of providing classroom examples of what data analysis and interpretation looks like.”
  • “I found the resources helpful. I have a better understanding of how to approach teaching the subject of analyzing data.”
  • “I enjoyed the linear nature of this presentation. It allows me to better see the skills the students should come to me with, and what they should be going to the next level with.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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