Category Archives: Assessment

Science Assessment Events Fall 2016 (WA Only)

Hi all,

Wanted to pass on opportunities to participate in development of the Washington State Science Assessment system. The text below is copied directly from a communication sent by OSPI.

Upcoming Science Assessment Development Events

The Science Assessment team is planning our next round of assessment development meetings. We are developing assessments aligned to the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (Next Generation Science Standards).

This is your invitation to APPLY for item cluster development committees, test design planning meetings, and/or content review committees.

Separate meetings will be held for grades 5, 8, and high school.

Educators are encouraged to apply for the committees at multiple grades based on content expertise. For example, a middle school teacher with content expertise in earth science is encouraged to apply for grades 5, 8, and/or high school committees.

Item Cluster Development (Olympia): Teams of 2-3 committee members each write approximately 10 items associated with a common stimulus. The teams also develop rubrics designed to measure student understanding of the science standards. Item clusters will be developed for all four domains (Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science). Each 5-day workshop will consist of 10-12 committee members.

High School                  October 10-14, 2016
Grade 8                        October 17-21, 2016

Grade 5                        October 17-21, 2016

Science Assessment Planning Meeting (SeaTac): Educators at each grade level review new science standards and advise OSPI assessment staff on design principles for new science assessments in grades 5, 8, and high school for the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (NGSS). Fifteen applicants will be chosen for each 1-day committee.

High School                  November 7, 2016
Grade 8                        November 8, 2016

Grade 5                        November 9, 2016

Content Review (Olympia): Committee members will review stimuli, items, and rubrics developed during the Item Cluster Development Workshops in October. Participants will assure every stimulus, item, and rubric is scientifically accurate and gathers evidence about student mastery of the standards. Five applicants will be chosen for each 5-day committee.

High School                  December 5-9, 2016
Grade 8                        December 12-16, 2016

Grade 5                        December 12-16, 2016

Committee members will be chosen to provide a well-balanced group in terms of previous science assessment experience, content and grade-level expertise, and state demographics.

If you would like to apply for any (or all) of these events please complete the application survey by 5pm Friday, September 16, 2016.

Survey Application link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2510696/e15c60f6978f 

If you previously completed our survey application in 2016 and would like to use that application (no needed changes) please email Jessica.Cole@k12.wa.us to have your previous application pulled from our database. Please state in your email which event(s) you are currently applying for.

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues.

Logistics
The committees will begin with breakfast each morning at 7:30 a.m. and will run from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. Committee members are expected to attend the entire event. For their participation, committee members will receive:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Free clock hours
  • Personal travel reimbursement (mileage, dinner, parking, etc.), provided state guidelines and regulations are met
  • Lodging for those living more than 50 miles from the meeting location
  • Flights for those traveling over 150 miles from the meeting location
  • Substitute Reimbursement if applicable during the school year

The Item Cluster Development and Content Review committees will be held in Olympia, WA. The Science Assessment Planning meeting will be held at SeaTac, WA.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by contacting Jessica Cole at 360-725-6298/TTY: 360-664-3631 or by email at Jessica.cole@k12.wa.us as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. The ADA does not require OSPI to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

WA-AIM Alignment Study and Science Development Activities

This year the Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) Alternate Assessment will have a number of activities which require both special and general educator participation.

WA-AIM Alignment Study: Five teams of 4-5 members will review the current English language arts, math, and science WA-AIM for alignment. Specifically, members will look at the alignment among the Performance Tasks and related components, Access Points, Essential Elements/Performance Expectations and the Washington K-12 Learning Standards.

Anticipated Date: Early November

Anticipated Duration: 2 days

WA-AIM Science Development-Performance Expectation Selection: Three teams of 8-10 members will select the Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations and focused SEPs and CCCs for use in the new WA-AIM Science. 

Anticipated Date: Early October

Anticipated Duration: 3 days

WA-AIM Science Development-Access Point Frameworks: Three teams of 8-10 members will focus on developing the Science Access Point Frameworks and drafting the Access Points, Requirements and Restriction for the Performance Expectations selected.

Anticipated Date: Late October

Anticipated Duration: 3 days

WA-AIM Science Development-Performance Tasks: Three teams of 8-10 members will focus on development of the Performance Tasks and item/question examples.

Anticipated Date: End January/beginning February

Anticipated Duration: 4 days

WA-AIM Science Content and Sensitivity/Bias Review: Three teams of 8-10 member will review the complete WA-AIM Science Assessment for content, sensitivity, and bias.

Anticipated Date: Mid to Late Spring

Anticipated Duration: TBD

Committee members will be chosen to provide a well-balanced group in terms of previous WA-AIM assessment experience, content and grade-level expertise, and state demographics.

If you would like to apply for any or all of these WA-AIM events please complete the application survey by 5pm Friday, September 16, 2016 for priority selection.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2992791/WA-AIM-Alternate-Assessment-Teacher-Participation-Opportunities-for-2016-2017

Logistics

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Free clock hours will be provided
  • Personal travel reimbursement (mileage, dinner, parking, etc.), provided state guidelines and regulations are met
  • Lodging for those living more than 50 miles from the meeting location will be provided
  • Flights for those traveling over 150 miles from the meeting location will be provided
  • Substitute Reimbursement offered as appropriate during the school year

 

The WA-AIM alignment and development meetings will be held in SeaTac, WA.

Please direct all questions in regards to WA-AIM to Toni Wheeler at Toni.Wheeler@k12.wa.us

SAIC NGSS Prototype Cluster Minimized Versions

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.48.29 AMOVERVIEW: As most of you know, the Science Assessment Item Collaborative has released two NGSS Item Cluster Prototypes… one for Grade 5 and one for HS. These prototypes are great models to be analyzed, however, the documents are large and unwieldy for use in professional development. Tom Hathorn in the Bethel School District in Washington State has created “brief” versions of the two prototypes for use in professional development… and he was kind enough to share. Feel free to use as you see fit.

AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers of science, professional development providers, curriculum directors, etc

PURPOSE: For examining the Grade 5 & HS NGSS Item Cluster Prototypes in professional development settings.

LINKsGL5 NGSA prototype brief

HS-NGSA prototype (brief)

Next Generation Science Assessment

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 8.56.16 AMOVERVIEW: Next Generation Science Assessment is a collaboration among Michigan State University, SRI International, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Concord Consortium. The goal of the project is to develop assessment tasks that are technology-enhanced that support physical science and life science disciplinary core ideas in middle school. There are currently several physical science tasks available and the goal is to have life science tasks available soon (spring 2016).

The main page of the project is HERE at http://nextgenscienceassessment.org/

This is were you will find information about the project and the process used to develop the tasks.

In order to access the tasks (task portal) you need to go HERE at http://ngss-assessment.portal.concord.org/

At the task portal (run by Concord Consortium) you are able to set up a teacher account, create classes, assign specific tasks, and get reports of student progress. You can also preview the tasks without setting up an account.

AUDIENCE: Middle School Science teachers, science teachers, teacher leaders, professional development providers, administrators, curriculum directors

PURPOSE: Provide the field with technology-enhanced NGSS-aligned assessment tasks for middle school physical science and life science core ideas

LINK: http://nextgenscienceassessment.org/http://ngss-assessment.portal.concord.org/

Steps to Designing a 3-Dimensional Assessment

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 8.55.33 AMOVERVIEW: The Research + Practice Collaboratory continues to provide short, powerful, and easy-to-use tools for the field. The latest resource from this group is PD Tool: Steps to Designing a 3-Dimensional Assessment.

The 5 steps in the process are:

  • Step 1: Define what you will assess by analyzing relevant sections of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and crafting learning claims.
  • Step 2: Brainstorm Possible Scenarios for Eliciting Student Understanding.
  • Step 3: Use Task Formats to Build Questions to Engage Students with the Scenario.
  • Step 4: Imagine the Range of Possible Student Responses to the Questions.
  • Step 5: Share, Review, and Revise.

This tool is intended to be a companion to two other great tools:

AUDIENCE: Teachers, teacher leaders, PD providers, curriculum directors, administrators, others

PURPOSE: This specific tool allows teachers to design Three-dimensional FORMATIVE assessment tasks that allow teachers to make inferences about what students’ are understanding about the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts.

LINK: http://researchandpractice.org/resources/

5 Tools for Developing NGSS Units: AMNH

imageOVERVIEW: The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has developed a set of tools for planning units to address the NGSS. AMNH has created 5 tools that have been developed and tested for supporting groups of teachers in developing quality NGSS units of instruction. Each of the 5 tools is very robust and the tools are intended to be used very intentionally during multiple days of guided professional development.

The five tools do the following:
Tool One: Using the 3 Dimensions of a Performance Expectation to create a unit
blueprint
Tool Two: Planning assessment and evidence of learning
Tool Three: Using the 5E model to develop a conceptual flow
Tool Four: Using the 5E model to develop learning sequences
Tool Five: Using evidence of learning specifications to develop performance tasks

Embedded below is a video overview of the 5 Tools.

The website for this project is nicely designed and user friendly. Each page of the site presents one of the 5 Tools and contains:
a video overview
a text overview
a facilitation guide
participant handouts
PowerPoints slides
templates for participants
TARGET AUDIENCE: Professional development providers, teacher leaders, curriculum directors , curriculum developers, and other science educators

PURPOSE: Develop a deeper understanding of the NGSS and design of effective 3 dimensional learning sequences and assessments. Guide thoughtful and rigorous development of NGSS lessons, units, and assessments.

LINK: http://www.amnh.org/explore/curriculum-collections/five-tools-and-processes-for-ngss

 

Integrating Science and Engineering Practices into Assessments

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 7.48.47 PMThe Research & Practice Collaboratory (yes, I guess that’s a real word), recently released a tool to help teachers, schools, and districts to develop science assessment tasks that integrate the science & engineering practices. Click HERE to download Integrating Science Practices into Assessment Tasks.

In the document you will find:

  • Task formats for each of the Science & Engineering Practices
  • Example 3D Assessment Task- A High School life science example

Seems like another helpful NGSS Assessment tool to add to our toolbox- the formats for each practice are particularly useful.

NGSS: Item Cluster Prototypes Grade 5 and HS

The Science Assessment Item Collaborative (SAIC) in partnership with WestEd and CCSSO recently released two sample item clusters for assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards. Here is the description of the Grade 5 Item Cluster Prototype…

The Grade 5 Item Cluster Prototype was designed to follow the principles and recommendations set forth in the SAIC Assessment Framework and Item Specifications Guidelines for an NGSS-aligned large-scale summative assessment item cluster. The prototype serves as an initial model for measuring the three-dimensional science learning called for in the NGSS and should promote ongoing dialogue about the vision for a truly next-generation science assessment.

Click the links below to access the Item Cluster Prototypes:

Embedded below you will also find a recorded webinar on the Grade 5 Item Cluster Prototype.