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Evaluating Cognitive Complexity in Science Assessments

Achieve has released a new publication, A Framework to Evaluate Cognitive Complexity in Science Assessments, which focuses on a new approach to capture and communicate the complexity of summative assessment items and tasks designed for three-dimensional standards. This framework can…

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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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UC grants Earth/Space Science “d” laboratory credit!

It’s been a long time coming, but the UC system has finally granted Earth/Space Science “d” laboratory credit.  The traditional science “trilogy,” of biology, chemistry and physics has now become a “quartet” that includes Earth/Space Science as a rigorous, discipline-specific…

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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 To gain access to…

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