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Achieve Releases Performance Task Screening Tools

This past week, Achieve released two new tools that will assist teachers in evaluating science assessment tasks to determine whether they accommodate for the three-dimensionality of NGSS. The Science Task Prescreen is used to conduct a quick review of assessment tasks…

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Two new NGSS Resources for Instruction

In the latest newsletter from Achieve, I came across two new resources that support NGSS instruction and learning for ALL students. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has released Using Crosscutting Concepts to Prompt Student Responses to guide…

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Achieve Releases Criteria to Guide Assessment Development

Check out the new resource just released by Achieve, Criteria For Procuring and Evaluating High-Quality and Aligned Summative Science Assessments.  This resource provides a set of criteria that can be used to develop and evaluate new statewide summative assessments designed…

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Three New Essential NGSS-aligned Resources

I would like to draw your attention to three documents that are currently on my radar as I work with schools and districts throughout the state. I know you will find these resources quite useful as you consider developing new,…

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California Science Assessment Update

The California Department of Education has released updated information and resources for the 2017-18 spring field test and 2018-19 operational test for the California Science Test (CAST). A fact sheet, information regarding grade levels to be tested, and a list…

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Practice Science Assessment Items!

Ready to incorporate new NGSS-aligned practice assessment items into your current instructional units? CDE has released training test items for the upcoming California Science Test (CAST) Pilot. The CAST training test is now available at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html. To gain access to…

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