What is OpenSciEd?

OpenSciEd is a free, high quality, NGSS-aligned secondary science curriculum. The materials are an Open Education Resource (OER), meaning they are free for all educators and students to use, customize, and share. Elementary-level curriculum is coming soon.

OpenSciEd Washington State

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What teachers are saying about OpenSciEd

“Working in a small district and having been transferred from middle school to high school in 2020, I’m in the unique position of having taught the same students OpenSciEd since they were in 7th grade.”

What teachers are saying about OpenSciEd

“Just this week, I have seen evidence that the use of anchoring phenomenon, storylines, and student-led sense-making is building long-lasting understanding for my students. A student said, “Can we please learn about M’kenna? I mean, I know we know she has celiac disease, but maybe we could look at something else about her.” Another student, who has failed almost every high school class and rarely came to school during the pandemic, said yesterday in a discussion about ecosystem interactions, “Well, we know that trees aren’t getting their food from soil, because we proved that plants can grow without soil in middle school when we grew the plants in hydroponics.” This student learned that in our OSE Matter Cycling unit in 2018!”

What teachers are saying about OpenSciEd

“It is very rewarding to see students remember what they learned in my class 5 years later. This is the impact of high quality science curriculum.”

What teachers are saying about the Vancouver Summer Institute

“I really appreciated seeing the process in its fullest. When I taught the unit before PD, I did what was comfortable and modified the assignments to be more tailored to how I thought my students could learn. I was worried that they weren’t ready for some things, but seeing how it was taught by my facilitator, I am less hesitant to try it with my kids.”

What teachers are saying about the Vancouver Summer Institute

“I plan to take the student centered approach to learning back to my classroom. I believe the interactive nature of Open Sci Ed will work very well with my students.”

What teachers are saying about the Vancouver Summer Institute

“This was one of the best inservice trainings I’ve ever been to. Most useful experience. Not just a sales pitch for a new curriculum. Real training.”

What teachers are saying about the Vancouver Summer Institute

“This was some of the best Pro-D I’ve ever done. You tapped into what I know and stretched me to new ways of thinking and doing things.”

What teachers are saying about the Wenatchee Summer Institute

“Excellent PD, probably the best I have ever been to! The perks to this training were also amazing, so thank you for that. I am leaving very excited with hopes to be able to teach all the units to my 6th graders.”

What teachers are saying about the Wenatchee Summer Institute

“The coordination among the ESD’s for statewide implementation is fantastic. To be able to put a face to a region and their combined group knowledge of the processes of science…the work that is being done across the state. As a teacher, to tap into this larger network of collective intelligence has been immeasurable. The coordination amongst the ESD’s and the shared vision for implementation…we need more of this to launch state-wide initiatives….to provide equitable PD for ALL teachers across the state….we learn more, when we can share more, with more people.”

What teachers are saying about the HS Field test in Bothell

“Really excited about this…I’ve been disappointed by things that have been released in the name of NGSS that really aren’t aligned. This does a great job of incorporating SEP and CCC with the DCI in ways that others do not.”

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EdReports Review

Middle School Curriculum Top-Rated

The OpenSciEd middle school curriculum received a glowing review from EdReports!

A state-wide partnership to accelerate student learning

The OpenSciEd WA project is led by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in close collaboration with the nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs), united as the Association of ESDs or AESD Network. The project is designed to support and accelerate student learning in secondary science programs. The ESD Regional Science Coordinators work together as a state team with OSPI to support teacher and administrator professional learning in newly developed and aligned OpenSciEd science learning materials for grades 6-12.

The AESD Network serves as a project management and coordinator for the statewide project by facilitating and hosting professional learning events; providing technical assistance and support for implementation; establishing structures for teacher networking across the state; and informing the development of additional instructional and assessment materials.


Beginning in 2018, Washington State, along with several other partner states, began field testing the OpenSciEd Middle School (MS) curriculum. In the next 3 years, teachers and students gave feedback on these field test units and they were revised and reviewed by the NGSS peer review panel. In Spring 2022, the full curriculum was released to the public as an Open Education Resource.

Expanding on the success of the middle school units, OpenSciEd began the field test of their high school curriculum in summer of 2021. Once again, Washington State agreed to participate in the project and has 36 teachers from around the state engaging in the biology, chemistry, and physics courses. Funding to support the MS and HS field test has been provided by the ClimeTime grant.


Regional Science Coordinator Contacts

For more information, please contact your regional coordinator.

ESD 105

ESD 112

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ESD 114

ESD 121

ESD 171

ESD 189

OSPI Science Team


Johanna Brown
Associate Director of Secondary Science


Kimberley Astle
Associate Director of Elementary Education and Content Integration