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: 480
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment for Next Generation Science Standards: A Proposed Model

In this paper, the author proposes a conceptual model for the design and implementation of formative assessment to support the learning goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper includes a review of the literature on formative assessment practices and describes how the literatures ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,116
Date created: 11/01/2013 - 10:30

Models and Modeling: An Introduction

This paper describes how modeling works in concert with all the other science practices in the classroom to promote students’ reasoning and understanding of core science ideas. Modeling usually works in tandem with another practice–explanation. These two practices are at the heart of disciplinary...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:38

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: 819
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: 186
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:10

Assessment System Design Options for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Reflections on Some Possible Design Approaches

The need for a comprehensive and cohesive system of assessments, to effectively support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), has been recommended and emphasized. This paper provides a thoughtful analysis of high-level designs for a system of assessments to effectively...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 292
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:17

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

Designing NGSS Assessments to Evaluate the Efficacy of Curriculum Interventions

In this paper, the authors present an approach to designing assessments for the intended purpose of evaluating curriculum interventions for NGSS implementation in schools. The use of evidence-centered design (ECD) is discussed and illustrated in an example from an urban middle school in which...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 133
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:54

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