STEM Gauge

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.

 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

Have questions?

Find the answer in our Frequently Asked Questions.


*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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