Designing NGSS Aligned Classroom Assessment Tasks to Support Instruction

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Gordon: Ed Gordon Suite

Session Chair

Cheryl Manning, OrbWeaver Consulting, LLC
NGSS-ESS aligned instruction will naturally provide many opportunities for teachers to observe and record evidence of student learning. Assessment tasks comprised of multiple components reflect the connections between the DCIs, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. This workshop will provide opportunities for both K-12 and post-secondary instructors to: explore sample NGSS assessment tasks, brainstorm how to go about the process of developing assessment tasks, and work on developing an assessment task that supports 3-dimensional instruction.

Presentation Media

NGSS Assessment Presentation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.6MB Jul17 16)


The Framework for Science Education and resulting Next Generation Science Standards effectively constitute a call for an extreme makeover for science education. Science education implemented in the spirit of NGSS brings together the cross-cutting concepts and science engineering practices identified in the Framework for Science Education and NGSS with disciplinary core ideas. Collecting evidence of student learning must also undergo an extreme makeover if it is to be a true reflection of what students know and can do. What does assessment that is aligned to 3-dimensional teaching look like at the classroom level? How will students demonstrate that they have mastered the science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts within the context of the disciplinary core ideas?

Target Audience

The target audience for this workshop is any instructor who works with pre-service or in-service K-12 teachers, and K-12 teachers. This includes not only instructors in teacher prep programs, but also 2YC and intro level course instructors who discover that many education majors take their courses to fulfill natural science requirements.


As a result of participation in the workshop, participants will be able to develop assessment tasks, and provide support for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers as they work to develop classroom assessment tasks.

  • infusing classroom assessment tasks with the spirit of NGSS
  • integrating the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts into classroom assessment
  • building impact through infusing assessment tasks with systems thinking, creating and using scientific models, emphasis on quantitative thinking, and designing solutions to meet global challenges.


The approach we will take during this workshop will be to:

  • examine the sample assessment tasks offered through NGSS for various grade bands
  • examine the evidence statements offered through NGSS for various grade bands
  • consider ESS HS assessment tasks developed and piloted by the workshop conveners
  • collaborate to develop a model describing the structure of NGSS assessment tasks
  • collaborate to develop / outline an assessment task

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