Understanding New Science Assessments and Avoiding Common Pitfalls


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The Next Generation Science Standards are not only a shift in instructional pedagogy; they are also a shift in assessment strategy. What does that mean?

It means a shifting from regular summative assessments to predominantly formative assessments. Formative assessment is a low-stakes tool for monitoring student learning, which helps both teachers and students identify strengths and weaknesses as they arise.

Watch this free 45-minute webinar and learn how to avoid the following pitfalls:

  • Failing to differentiate the purpose of assessment.
  • Failing to use assessment results to inform instruction.
  • Using assessments that are not designed for next generation performance expectations.

Helpful tips and techniques you'll take away:

  • How an assessment should unpack evidence of student learning.

  • How authentic student experience takes the place of direct instruction in NGSS assessment.

  • How to use formative assessment as a practical tool to support teaching and learning.

Webinar Details

Who Should Attend: K-8 teacher leaders, school and district administrators, academic support personnel, and parent leaders

Francis Vigeant

Francis Vigeant, teacher and CEO KnowAtom, LLC