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. 

Professional Development for Science Teachers

This resource is an article in the April 2013 issue of Science. It is available through subscription (personal or library). The author offers an overview of the call for improving science education in the United States, and the role that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) play in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 303
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:51

Science Education: Facts and Trends in High School, College, and Career

This resource is a PowerPoint presentation given by Achieve at the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Annual Leadership Meeting in 2014. It focuses on the high school course mapping resources in the NGSS, addressing facts and trends in high school coursework nationally, breaking them down by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 266
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 10:12

Proficiency in Science: Assessment Challenges and Opportunities

As part of a Science magazine special issue on grand challenges in science education, the author provides an overview of the promise for the future of science learning with the release of the NGSS, and of the challenges associated with achieving the full vision of the NGSS. The paper focuses on the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 251
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 11:00

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs)

In 2009, NAEP administered two types of innovative science assessments: Hands-on Tasks (HOTs) and Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs). The released tasks include samples of innovative item types and innovative evidence types to demonstrate how hard-to-measure constructs, similar to what are called...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 205
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:39

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: 198
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:36

Literacy for the Science Classroom: Think, Read, Talk, and Write Like a Scientist

This archived webinar, presenting essential features of the science practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards, offers opportunities for high school students to develop disciplinary literacy. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the science discipline are the key...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 190
Date created: 03/09/2015 - 08:42

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: 183
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:10

Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is part of Volume II of the Next Generation Science Standards. It provides examples of course maps for grade-banded standards (6–8 and 9–12) to best prepare students for postsecondary success in college and careers. The authors describe rationales for the course models and clarify...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 173
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:41

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