STEM Gauge

Gather Evidence of 3-D Learning

Measured Progress STEM Gauge® is a formative assessment tool that supports classroom instruction in the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*. STEM Gauge provides students with opportunities to demonstrate understanding of the 3 dimensions of performance expectations as instruction occurs.

The NGSS call for higher rigor, a greater demand for evidence of student learning, and the integration of the 3 dimensions: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. As you adjust your curriculum to meet these challenging goals, using STEM Gauge can give you a better understanding of student thinking—helping set up students for success.

STEM Gauge has:

  • Topic-based item sets with 20–25 assessment questions built to Performance Expectations (PEs)
  • Teacher’s Guides with strategies for using item sets to provide evidence of students’ understanding
  • Formative Support Tools that help teachers integrate the NGSS into classroom instruction and assessment

Topic-based item sets include:

  • 20–25 assessment questions built to the PEs
  • Selected-response, constructed-response, and extended-response question types
  • Performance-based, developmentally appropriate activities for K–1
  • Topic overview, item index, and alignment information

Teacher’s Guides provide:

  • Suggestions for using the assessment questions in your classrooms
  • Alignment to the PEs in a given NGSS topic including:
    • Each of the 3 dimensions
    • Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels
    • CCSS ELA and Math connections for K–5
  • Instructional strategies for transitioning to the NGSS
  • Sample student responses and descriptive rubrics for constructed-response and extended-response items

Formative Support Tools include:

  • A template for creating curriculum-embedded performance assessments
  • Student learning targets
  • Student self-assessment checklists
  • Formative assessment collaboration tools

STEM Gauge topic-based alignment optimizes flexibility so teachers can use the items that are appropriate for the content area they are teaching at any point in the year. Each of the STEM Gauge topic-based item sets include 20-25 items that are designed to NGSS.

  • Elementary School (Grade K–5) STEM Gauge Topics
    Grade Life Science Earth and Space Science Physical Science
    K-2 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment

    Structure, Function, and Information Processing

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    Weather and Climate

    Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

    Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

    Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls

    Waves: Light and Sound

    Structure and Properties of Matter

    3 Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits 

    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

    Weather and Climate Forces and Interactions
    4 Structure, Function, and Information Processing Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth Waves: Waves and Information

    Energy

    5 Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems Earth’s Systems

    Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System

    Structure and Properties of Matter
  • Middle School (Grade 6–8) STEM Gauge Topics
    Life Science Earth and Space Science Physical Science
    Structure, Function, and Information Processing Space Systems Structures of Properties of Matter
    Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems History of Earth Chemical Reactions
    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Earth’s Systems Forces and Interactions
    Natural Selection and Adaptations Weather and Climate Energy
    Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms Human Impacts Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation
  • High School (Grade 9–12) STEM Gauge Topics
    Life Science Earth and Space Science Physical Science
    Structure and Function Space Systems Structures of Properties of Matter
    Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems History of Earth Chemical Reactions
    Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems Earth’s Systems Forces and Interactions
    Inheritance and Variation of Traits Weather and Climate Energy
    Natural Selection and Evolution Human Sustainability Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

 STEM Gauge Delivery Options

  • QTI packages for ingestion into your existing assessment platform
  • Within a partner platform
  • PDF files that can be downloaded and printed from a secure FTP site
  • Through our Middle School curriculum partner, Activate Learning

*NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

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