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Developing Assessment of Science Proficiency in K-12
Project Scope

The committee will make recommendations for strategies for developing assessments that validly measure student proficiency in science as laid out in the new K-12 science education framework. The committee will review recent and current, ongoing work in science assessment to determine which aspects of the necessary assessment system for the Framework’s vision can be assessed with available techniques and what additional research and development is required to create an overall assessment system for science education in K-12. The committee will prepare a report that includes a conceptual framework for science assessment in K-12, and will make recommendations to state and national policymakers, research organizations, assessment developers, and study sponsors about the steps needed to develop valid, reliable and fair assessments for the Framework’s vision of science education.



Committee Members


James W. Pellegrino, co-chair, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mark R. Wilson, co-chair, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
Richard M. Amasino, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Edward Haertel, School of Education, Stanford University
Joan Herman, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, University of California, Los Angeles
Richard Lehrer, Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Scott F. Marion, National Center for the Improvement of Education Assessment
Peter McLaren, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Knut Neumann, Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Kiel
William Penuel, School of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder
Helen R. Quinn, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
Brian Reiser, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
Kathleen Scalise, Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership, University of Oregon
Roberta Tanner, Loveland High School, Loveland, CO
Jerome M. Shaw, University of California, Santa Cruz
Nancy Butler Songer, School of Education, University of Michigan
Catherine J. Welch, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Educational Measurement, and Statistics, University of Iowa





Stuart Elliott, Director, Board on Testing and Assessment
Judy Koenig, Study Director, Senior Program Officer
Alix Beatty, Senior Program Officer
Kelly Iverson, Senior Program Assistant

This is a joint project with the Board on Science Education.

For background information on this current project please see the BOSE report
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas and the project’s webpage.









First Committee Meeting- June 22-23, 2012
Palo Alto, CA


Workshop- September 13, 2012
Washington, DC- NAS Auditorium

Second Committee Meeting
- November 29-30, 2012

Washington, DC

Third Committee Meeting
- January 31- February 1, 2013

Chicago, IL


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