As we continue to implement the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards many of us are still seeking examples and models of effective three-dimensional assessment tasks. The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (aka SNAP) is a great site that provides some of those models and examples. You will find:
- Short Response Items: These might be used as stand-alone items or parts of clusters.
- Short Performance Assessments: These are designed to take learners about 30 minutes and could be used in formative or summative ways.
- Instructionally-Embedded Assessments: These are part of the learning and students will engage with them over multiple days
You will find assessment bits at multiple grade levels and domains. You will even find assessment tasks for K-4…an area where there is definitely a dearth of examples.
HERE is an instructionally-embedded Kindergarten assessment for PE: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs. (K-ESS2-2) You will find an overview, teacher guide, student task cards, handouts, rubrics and student work samples.
Helen Quinn discussing the project in the embedded video below.
I definitely recommend poking around to find some assessment tasks that might support your work.