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Competency, Assessment, and the Next Generation Science Standards (redirected from Competency, Assessment, and Next Generation Science Program)

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Competency, Assessment, and Next Generation Science

NH Science Teachers Association Spring Conference, 2013   Monday, March 11

NH Science Teachers Association Fall Conference, 2013   Monday, November 4




The Next Generation Science Standards have been released in their final form. Naturally, every science teacher will want to know what they are and how they will affect our teaching. In this workshop, you will explore the framework used to develop the next generation science standards, understand their organization in terms of the component parts that make them truly innovative, and consider assessment approaches that engage students as well as teach them. A collaborative environment in which discussion and sharing among all participants will help you build your understanding of these new standards, as well as begin to explore meaningful ways to assess the products for intended learning outlined by the next generation standards. You are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet, or other device is necessary access online resources during the workshop, but it is not a requirement for participation.



Program Agenda for Next Generation Learning Workshop



    • Welcome
    • Collaborative Backchanneling
    • Sign up for Bling 
    • Workshop Wiki Space 
    • Goals and Targets 
    • Competency 
    • Next Generation Science Standards 
    • Assessing Science 
    • Teaching Discussion 
    • Draw for Bling



Brief introduction of Stan and general information about the Office of Educational Technology. 


Drawing for Bling

Put your name/email address on the card for fun and prizes! Or just to stay connected!


The Big Picture


  • Performance standards are closer to competencies than curriculum standards. 
  • NH is converting to competency based education.
  • Common Core, Next Gen Science, and Core Arts Standards are performance based.


  • NH Science Frameworks crosswalk nicely the Next Generation Science Standards
  • The "bad press" the Next Generation and NH Frameworks got from the Fordham Institute is based on bias.
  • NH is looking to update it's science standards, but the DOE wants/needs direction from the public.



  • The Groups who worked on the Science Standards and also working on Assessment.
  • The general idea is to make the science assessment fun, non-intrusive, and performance based.
  • There most likely will be some kind of assessment generated and states can opt in, like with Smarter Balanced.



Collaborative Backchanneling

Collaborate on and share on the Scribblar whiteboard or the Padlet Wall.  The Scribblar room is established and ready to go.  Click on the link to open the whiteboard.  Feel free to leave any comments regarding any of the topics on the white board or in the chat box.  The Padlet Wall is embedded and will work right from this page.  However, you can also open the NHSTA NGSS Wall in another tab. 



Open the Competency Assessment and Next Generation Science Standards Wall on Padlet.


Workshop Wiki

Join the wiki at http://mssle09.pbworks.com.  You can get your resources and information there, for all three of my workshops.

The site is open for everyone.  You can be a guest or a member.  Request to join. 

You have to a member to be able to post comments.


Goals and Targets

Look at what our objectives and goals are for the workshop.

  • To understand the organization of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • To understand the teaching practices that will be necessary to teach the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • To identify assessment practices that can impact next generation learning.


Next Generation Science Standards

The presentation is divided into three parts:  Competency, Standards, and Assessment.

All the information is included for your reference, but the presentation may be shortened in the interest of time.

The presentation is in VoiceThread, so feel free to leave a text or audio comment at any time.


View the presentation directly on VoiceThread   https://voicethread.com/share/4244951/


Some additional resources were added at the end of this version of the slideshow.


Teaching Discussions

We'll pause during the presentation for discussions or questions surrounding Comptency, Next Generation Science Standards, and Assessment.



Evaluation:  Please fill out the evaluation card at the end of the session.


Drawing for Bling

Drawing for prizes.




CompetencyWorks  http://www.competencyworks.org/

NH Department of Education Course Level Competencies   http://www.education.nh.gov/innovations/hs_redesign/competencies.htm

International Association for K-12 Online Learning  resources on Competency Based education  http://www.inacol.org/research/competency/

Next Generation Science Standards   http://www.nextgenscience.org/

Common Core State Standards  http://www.corestandards.org/

International Society for Technology in Education Standards   http://www.iste.org/standards
The National Center for Improvement of Educational Assessment    http://www.nciea.org/ 

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education  Standards and Assessment   http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BOSE/Topics/DBASSE_070456


The National Academies Press  Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards  http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18409 


American Association for the Advancement of Science   http://assessment.aaas.org/ 
Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment   http://www.k12center.org/events/research_meetings/science_assessment.html
This two-day research meeting (September 24-25, 2013) brought together more than 250 leaders in science, education and assessment from academia, industry and government, including teams from some 30 states, to explore the skills and competencies called for in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the measurement challenges and opportunities they pose.  Resources, including commissioned papers by experts in science assessment; three dozen slide presentations; and videos of the closing sessions are now available from the K-12 Center at ETS.

Science Assessments:  Innovations in the Next Generation of Science Assessments – Archived Webinar  http://all4ed.org/webinar/nov-18-2013/

On 18 November 2013, the Alliance for Excellent Education conducted a webinar designed to:

  • Highlight options states may want to consider as they begin to design systems of science assessments that incorporate the types of complex skills and applications called for in the NGSS; and
  • Describe  initial steps states are taking toward implementation of the NGSS.

Presenters included Stephen Pruitt of Achieve, Karen Kidwell of the Kentucky Department of Education and Kathleen Scalise of the University of Oregon. The Alliance for Excellence in Education and The K–12 Center at ETS co-hosted the webinar.

Next Generation Assessments   http://nextgen.apps.sparcc.org/home 



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