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  Session: Post Deadline Papers
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Evaluation of the NGSS' Support of Large-scale Assessment
  Meeting: 2014 Winter Meeting: Orlando, Florida
  Location: N/A
  Time: 3:10PM
  Author: Thomas J. Regan, The College Board
571-392-2166, tregan@collegeboard.org
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: To evaluate the Next Generation Science Standards' (NGSS) support of a large-scale assessment system, I attempted to write items to the performance expectations (PEs) of Topic HS-PS2, Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions. As background, the perspective of a large-scale assessment vendor/item writer on standards documents is described. Then, each of the PEs is carefully considered with respect to the guidance given to the item writer. Some difficulties encountered are: insufficiently characterized content and contexts, narrow student tasks, and questionable applications of inquiry activities. In addition, some language presents an inaccurate picture of what scientists do. Specific instances of these difficulties are presented. I conclude that these performance expectations, as written, require too much interpretation by the item writer to support a transparent large-scale assessment system. I will suggest improvements, noting also existing features of the NGSS that are conducive to transparent assessment.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT WM14 Regan.pdf

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