For those interested in learning more about what the NGSS assessments might end up looking like, this article from Education Week provided some notes from a meeting put on by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) which brought together representatives from the 18+ states that have adopted them so far. Here are some highlights:
- Although the states will collaborate, the tests themselves and the tested grade levels will likely differ across states. This means that the tests may cover topics from multiple grade levels.
- The tests will likely be a maximum of two hours, be online, and will have few if any multiple choice questions. They will likely be adaptive in nature and involve computer simulations to answer questions (e.g. manipulate a digital scale to measure weights).
- Cutoff scores will also differ across states which means comparisons will be difficult. Scores will either be one overall score and one score per dimension (disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts) or one overall score and one score per science discipline (physical, life, earth/space sciences).
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