Measured Progress Science Pilot

Why Participate?

  • Students will get exposure to more rigorous science content likely to be seen in future Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) curriculum and assessments—by piloting testlets (short pre-configured formative assessments). There are six unique testlet forms; one form addresses the standards at each grade.
  • Educators can evaluate the rigor of these new items and determine how well items helped them assess student understanding of the NGSS.
  • Feedback from pilot administrators and student responses will help inform the development of next-generation science assessments at Measured Progress.

What will my district pilot?

  • Districts will pilot testlets administered in pencil-and-paper format. Testlets comprise five to seven items each and cover grades 3 through 8, targeting specific Performance Expectations from the NGSS.
  • Each testlet includes one to three multiple-choice, one to three short-answer, and one to two constructed-response items.
  • Educators will also use formative tools to guide instruction.
  • Students will need between 30 and 45 minutes to complete a testlet.

What will be expected of educators and students in my district?

  • All administrators must sign a non-disclosure agreement and complete an enrollment form.
  • Pilot assessment materials will be available between April and June 15th of this school year.
  • Educators will use available rubrics to evaluate student work and will return completed student work to Measured Progress by June 30, 2014.
  • Participants will take part in an online training session, which covers administration, scoring, and how to complete an online feedback survey.

*Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, the Measured Progress science pilot.

The performance expectations were developed using elements from the NRC document, "A Framework for K-12 Science Education, © 2012, National Academy of Sciences.” Moreover, the portion of the standards document entitled “Disciplinary Core Ideas” is reproduced verbatim from A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. They are integrated and reprinted with permission from the National Academy of Sciences. © 2012, National Academy of Sciences.

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