How can science educators effectively support the integrated 3-dimensional learning called for by the NGSS?

Do you work with students who are making steps toward a set of performance expectations?

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A big challenge facing teachers as they shift instruction to meet the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is how to support students’ progress toward achieving the new standards.

The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) group is a multi-institutional collaborative that is applying the evidence-centered design approach to create classroom-ready assessments for teachers to use formatively to gain insights into their students’ progress on achieving the NGSS performance expectations.

We are a high-caliber interdisciplinary team with expertise in:
• science disciplinary knowledge and practice,
• science teaching and learning,
• classroom-based assessment,
• technology-enhanced instruction and assessment, and
• K-12 professional development.

Together, we have a deep understanding of the NGSS and have developed a design process for creating classroom-based, instructionally supportive assessment tasks with accompanying resources that integrate the NGSS dimensions and measure science proficiency.

Our current work:

The NGSA team aims to create exemplary tasks that can be used during instruction to garner good evidence that students are building proficiency with the NGSS performance expectations. Our ongoing work is focused on developing technology-enhanced science assessment tasks, rubrics, and accompanying instructional resources for middle school classrooms. We currently have a robust set of tasks available in physical and life science through our NGSA Task Portal.

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