Shmoop Releases Suite of NGSS-Aligned Online Science Courses


Shmoop, a digital publisher known for its test prep and certified online course, is now offering a full suite of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned online science courses. They cover all the core high school subjects — biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and physical science — and even dig into electives like astronomy, human physiology and dinosaurs.

Each online course is broken into lessons, which begin with an introduction and reading, serving as an online textbook. Each lesson includes at least one engaging, rigorous activity for students to complete. For assessment, quizzes, unit tests and cumulative projects allow teachers to be sure each student’s progress is accounted for. Shmoop’s biology, chemistry and physics courses are even credit recovery-enabled.

“The goal of our science courses is to provide full science curriculum like you might find in a brick and mortar school, but with the convenience of online learning,” said Ellen Siminoff, CEO of Shmoop, in a statement. “We want to engage students while still offering the rigor expected by national standards.”

Students and teachers looking for individual and small group access can subscribe to Shmoop, gaining access to hundreds of online courses, while schools and districts can get bulk discounts on already below-market-rate materials by contacting [email protected].

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Richard Chang is associate editor of THE Journal. He can be reached at [email protected].