OSPI just sent out an email announcement regarding Science Assessment so I wanted to push out the information here as well. The text below is copied directly from the email.
A couple of items to note:
a. The online Science Training Test for the Grade 5 and Grade 8 Science MSP is up and ready for use. This year there is a different test engine/platform so you will want to check it out.
b. The first state assessments (testing the Next Generation Science Standards) are expected no sooner than the spring of 2018.
Questions regarding the information below can be directed to Science@k12.wa.us
Science Training Test for the Online Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
The 2015 spring online Science MSP will use the same test engine/platform as the Smarter Balanced Assessments for ELA and Mathematics. There are several features on the test engine that will be different from prior versions of the online science tests:
Science Assessment Resources
Please visit the Science Assessment Educator Resources webpage to access a variety of documents intended to assist teachers, students, and parents in preparation for the Science MSP and Biology End-of-Course (EOC).
Examples of resources include:
Science Assessment Development Update
WA State 2009 K-12 Science Learning Standards
Invitations to apply for summer Pilot Rangefinding and fall Data Review committees will be sent via GovDelivery in May. Information will be posted on the Science Assessment Professional Development Opportunities webpage.
WA State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (NGSS)
Washington has joined a collaborative group of 13 states and 1 territory to begin the development of assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards (known in Washington as the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards). The group work is being coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). This group met for the first time in February. We will keep you posted about the progress of the collaborative, and if there are opportunities for educator reviews of documents during the development stages we will be sure to let you know.
The first state assessments for the new standards are expected no earlier than spring 2018.