Developing NGSS-aligned 3-Dimensional Learning Assessment Workshop

October 27th (Thursday) -29th (Saturday), 2022

The CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, with support from Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (CEPSE), held a two and half day workshop to build capacity in lead science teachers, science teacher facilitators and science district leaders to design and develop assessment tasks that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The goals of the workshop:

  • Build capacity to create, evaluate, and use classroom-based formative assessment aligned to NGSS for secondary science classrooms. 
  • Develop a professional learning community for all participants who are middle and high school teachers including state leaders in science education and assessment.

The challenge we face is how to develop 3-dimensional learning assessments. In this workshop, participants learned a research-based systematic process for developing NGSS-aligned 3-dimensional learning assessment. Participants gained hands-on experience working on each phase of the process including unpacking of performance dimensions, developing integrated dimension maps, articulating learning performances, specifying design patterns, and designing tasks and associated rubrics. The process stems from work conducted by the Next Generation Science Assessment collaborative (NGSA process)   

Workshop Objectives:

  • Use a systematic research-based approach (NGSA process) for developing NGSS-aligned 3-dimensional learning assessment.
  • Create, share and evaluate assessment tasks based on the NGSA process.
  • Develop the capability to evaluate and modify existing assessment tasks to determine whether they align with NGSS 3-dimensional learning. 

Workshop Highlights:

  • Rick Stiggins, Founder of the Assessment Training Institute and Christopher Harris, WestED provided a keynote. Link to video.
  • Participants had  time to interact with colleagues and university researchers to design NGSS aligned assessments.
  • Workshop materials and the assessment tasks developed at the workshop are available for public use.
  • All participants had travel, subsistence, and lodging paid for by a gift from Dr. Rick Stiggins who graduated from MSU’s Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education.
Rick Stiggins on Zoom; Essential Insight screen; Peng He at podium, Christopher Harris talking