Course Number: CSC 534
Course Title: Designing Classroom Assessments to Address NGSS Performance Expectations
Course Instructor: Nicole McRee
Assessment of NGSS performance expectations requires a multi-faceted assessment tool. Multiple-choice and one-word answer questions will not be sufficient to assess the science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts that have been incorporated into the performance expectations.
This class will employ the method of backwards design to develop classroom assessments based on NGSS performance expectations for middle school students. The sample assessments that will be provided require students to engage in performance tasks, develop, incorporate, and analyze models, gather and analyze data, and use both models and data as evidence to support their statements. A format that can be implemented by teachers to develop additional assessments for their own classrooms will be explored. Every participant will leave this class with an assessment that can be immediately integrated into their current curriculum.