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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards
Science Assessment




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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.

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What's Next:

Currently underway is a project to create an accessible primer targeted at practitioners (teachers, principals, district administrators, and pre- and in-service providers) based on this report.  The primer will

provide practical advice on how to assess student learning that aligns with NGSS,
summarize the main results of the full study in language accessible to non-academics, and
contain examples that illustrate how the recommendations might play out in real teaching/learning situtations.


On January 14, 2014, 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 report on assessments was developed to respond to the shift in K-12 science education prescribed by two publications:
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Literacy for Science

Implementing NGSS
 A Framework for K-12 Science Education proposes a new approach to K-12 science education and identifies core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and practices all K-12 students should learn. The framework serves as the basis for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Common standards in K-12 education in key subjects – mathematics, English/Language Arts, and science -- have been developed separately in recent years, but there are areas where these standards overlap across subject areas. The Board on Science Education held a two-day workshop in February 2014 that brought together experts in science education and language arts education to discuss these issues. Literacy for Science summarizes presentations and discussions at the workshop. 

Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards offers guidance to district and school leaders and teachers on necessary steps for putting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice.

  ► Learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards



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