The Next Generation Science Standards will reshape science education, helping students gradually develop a deep understanding of science’s core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts over multiple years of school. New kinds of assessments must be developed to support this vision of science learning.
A new report from the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Board on Science Education, Assessment and the Next Generation Science Standards, describes the types of new assessments that will be needed to gauge student progress. The committee recommends a systems approach, one that uses a range of assessments that complement one another to yield information that can guide the decisions of teachers, policymakers and others. The report also offers examples of the types of questions and tasks that will be needed to assess student learning.
On January 14, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held a webinar focused on the report with committee members Joan Herman and Nancy Butler Songer.
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The 2012 Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards served as the basis of this report.