Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) development involved several rounds of review with multiple stakeholder groups and experts, including a review by the National Research Council, confirming their alignment to the Research Council’s 2011 report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education:...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 445
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

In A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, the National Research Council articulates a new approach to K-12 science education and outlines a broad set of rigorous expectations intended to support all students in achieving scientific literacy. It...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 758
Date created: 02/19/2015 - 17:47

What Can Be Learned From Current Large-Scale Assessment Programs to Inform Assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards?

This paper discusses and explores innovations in existing large-scale assessment programs that could be used to inform efforts to assess the NGSS. The author provides an in-depth discussion of the 16 scientific and engineering practices embodied in the NRC Framework and the NGSS, and summarizes the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 168
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:10

NGSS Evidence Statements for High School

The NGSS evidence statements for high school provide additional details about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction to demonstrate proficiency for each high school performance expectation in the NGSS. Further, the evidence statements describe how students can use the...

Number of views: 862
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:13

Science Assessments: Innovations in the Next Generation of State Assessments

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the K-12 Center at ETS collaborated to present this webinar discussing options for science assessment aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The webinar provided an overview of the NGSS, and panelists discussed activities in states that...

Number of views: 149
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:20

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 916
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

How Can Simulations Be Components of Balanced State Science Assessment Systems?

This policy brief offers guidance and recommendations on how simulation-based science assessments can be included in the next generation of state science assessment systems. The authors report on research conducted on the simulation-based science assessment module SimScientists. The reported...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 180
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:36

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Engineering

This resource is a brief that brings to light the challenges and opportunities that K–12 teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and teacher educators have in ensuring that the NGSS for the representation of engineering is considered by understanding the entire document.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 26
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:04

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