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Assessment in Science

Understanding Assessment

Assessment Literacy - Focuses on resources to support understanding the purposes of assessment and how to interpret and use assessment data to inform future actions.

Different Assessment Types - Describes summative, formative, interim, benchmark, and diagnostic assessment.

Getting Started with Assessment for Learning (AFL) - Offers information on what it is, the research behind it, and what AFL looks like in practice.

Formative Assessment - Presents Iowa Department of Education resources that support formative assessment practices.

Common Sense Education - Provides strategies and tips for making formative assessment more student-centered.

Feed Up, Back, Forward - Offers three components of any powerful feedback system and how to align the multiple measures to create a coherent system of data collection, analysis, and instruction.

Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics - Describes the essential components of performance-based assessments.

Listening and Speaking: Example Formative Assessment - Highlights the Listening and Speaking Standards by increasing students’ ability to engage in quality substantive conversations.

Understanding Science Assessment

The Board of Testing and Assessment (BOTA) Report describes a set of conclusions and recommendations regarding best practices for developing assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Seeing Students Learn Science is a user-friendly report from the National Academy of Science that includes examples of science assessment formats, ways to embed assessments in classroom activities, and ideas for interpreting and using assessment information.

Proficiency in Science: Assessment Challenges and Opportunities

Sample Science Standards Evidence Statements articulate how students can use the science and engineering practices to demonstrate their understanding of the disciplinary core ideas through the lens of the cross cutting concepts. Each performance expectation has an associated evidence statement.

Understanding/Building Science Formative Assessment

Introduction to Formative Assessment in Science 

How to Assess 3D Learning: Building Assessment Tasks That Work 

Science 3D Formative Assessment Short Course 

Formative assessment for Next Generation Science Standards

Science Classroom Assessment Examples

Next Generation Science Assessment has developed example interactive tasks based on sets of performance expectations/standards. These sample performance tasks may be viewed from a link on the website homepage.

Michigan three-dimensional tasks project provides 10 example three-dimensional tasks that can be used in the classroom in a single day or over multiple days.

Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) provides example assessments that were designed for sample NGSS performance expectations.

Performance Assessment Resource Bank - Offers access, with free log in, to tools, protocols, and templates for designing performance assessments.

Next Generation Science Standards Formative Assessments (Open Ed) provides example assessments that can be downloaded and modified.