Science Assessment Criteria

As states and districts implement science standards that are based on the National Research Council's A Framework for K–12 Science Education, there may be questions about how to develop assessments that are accurate measures of new standards. To support states and districts in these efforts, Achieve, Inc. has developed criteria that can be used when developing and/or evaluating summative assessments aligned with the Framework's three-dimensional standards. These criteria are aligned with the expectations for high-quality summative assessments outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

For each criterion identified, this guide includes: 

  • The criterion statement;
  • A summary box that includes a high-level description of what the criterion means;
  • A rationale for why providing evidence for the criterion in an important feature of assessments;
  • A description of evidence to be collected from tasks on test forms; and
  • A description of documentation evidence and supporting information that relates to the development and interpretation of the entire assessment program.

This guide can be used by state assessment directors, science supervisors, science assessment leads, test developers, and organizations that conduct independent evaluations of alignment of statement summative assessments to state standards.