New partnership supports school districts in their transition to Next Generation Science Standards*

DOVER, N.H.—March 30, 2016—Measured Progress, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership with Activate Learning to combine high-quality, standards-based science assessments with a world-class science curriculum. The announcement will be made from the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) annual conference being held in Nashville, TN.

Activate Learning’s IQWST (Investigating & Questioning our World Through Science & Technology), is a rigorous investigation-centered science curriculum designed to challenge and engage middle school students in grades 6 through 8. With the addition of Measured Progress STEM Gauge® assessment materials to IQWST, science and engineering educators across the country will now have access to NGSS-aligned science assessment materials to support the curriculum they have already implemented in their classrooms.

“We are very enthusiastic about what this partnership can do for science and STEM educators,” said Eric Johnson, CEO of Activate Learning. “We have been deeply committed to the goals and practices of the NGSS for some time. Our partnership with Measured Progress allows us to combine our leading NGSS curriculum with the finest NGSS-aligned assessments available and provide teachers with a fantastic new way to evaluate students’ learning with integrated assessments.”

School districts have voiced the need for NGSS-aligned assessments since the standards were introduced in April 2013. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted the NGSS, with some districts pushing to adopt the standards regardless of their state affiliation.

“Activate Learning is known for its real-world pedagogical approach,” said Measured Progress CEO Martin Borg. “Pairing our expertise of rigorous assessment development with Activate Learning’s research-based curriculum makes for an appealing combination: to engage students to learn science while also assisting teachers in the transition to the new, more challenging science standards.”

Measured Progress STEM Gauge is a formative assessment resource that supports classroom instruction in the transition to NGSS. STEM Gauge provides students with opportunities to demonstrate understanding of the three dimensions of NGSS performance expectations while instruction occurs. Teachers who use IQWST will now be able to support their middle school students’ learning over time, and check for evidence of learning through STEM Gauge formative support tools and assessment questions.

About Measured Progress

Measured Progress, a nonprofit organization, is a pioneer in authentic, standards-based assessments. For more than 30 years, we have been connecting the K–12 educational community with innovative and flexible assessment solutions. Our goal is to provide meaningful information about student progress to improve teaching and learning. For more information, visit It’s all about student learning.

About Activate Learning

Activate Learning is a mission-driven company that believes quality, investigation-centered science education is the key to sustained prosperity. Our focus is on elementary and middle school science education in the United States. With the help of strong leadership and a distinguished advisory board, our science programs are growing rapidly in districts across the U.S. For more information, visit

* Next Generation Science Standards (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.