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Science Assessment and Science Teaching Learning Updates. Ellen Ebert, Ph.D., Teaching and Learning Science Director Cinda Parton, Assessment Development Director Dawn Cope, Science Assessment Specialist Kara Monroe, Science Assessment Specialist. Today’s Webinar Agenda .

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science assessment and science teaching learning updates
Science Assessment and Science Teaching Learning Updates

Ellen Ebert, Ph.D., Teaching and Learning Science Director

Cinda Parton, Assessment Development Director

Dawn Cope, Science Assessment Specialist

Kara Monroe, Science Assessment Specialist

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today s webinar agenda
Today’s Webinar Agenda
  • Provide updates on 2013 Spring Assessments
  • Discuss Assessment “Lessons Learned”
  • Update Next Generation Science Standards
  • Transition considerations for Year 0 and thereafter
  • Assessment Considerations

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welcome
Welcome
  • Time for a quick poll
    • We would like to know who is joining us today.
      • Can you take a moment to do the poll with us?

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are there any specific questions that you are hoping we will address today
Are there any specific questions that you are hoping we will address today?
  • Please use the chat box for your questions before we get started.

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science assessment 2013
Science Assessment 2013

What did we learn in 2013?

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lessons learned summary
Lessons Learned – Summary

Short Answer Questions

  • Address all bullets, make complete comparisons
  • Avoid vague comparative language; Words like “better” or “best” are difficult to credit

Conclusions

  • Write decisive conclusive statements
  • Include supporting data and/or descriptive text from the data table

New Procedures (Controlled Experiments and Field Studies)

  • Use controlled variables (8th and High School)
  • Use manipulated and responding variables correctly, do not need to be named or listed in procedure
  • Be very clear about what is being measured
  • Include repeated trials

Systems

  • Identify appropriate systems language in various contexts (e.g., inputs, outputs, subsystems, open vs. closed, feedback)

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lessons learned grades 5 8
LessonsLearned – Grades 5 & 8

Grade 5 challenging topics

  • Energy (e.g., heat transfer, transformations, forms of energy vs. forces)
  • Phases of matter (e.g., solids such as snow)
  • Physical properties of materials
  • Food chains and direction of energy flow (i.e., arrow directions)
  • Familiarity with plants vs. animals (e.g., functions of the parts of plants)

Grade 8 challenging topics

  • Applying the Law of Conservation of Mass
  • Calculating average speed
  • Describing motion of particles in the various phases of matter
  • Relationships between physical properties and behavior (e.g., changes in mass or density)
  • Forces on objects in motion vs. objects at rest
  • Identifying the Sun as the source of energy for winds on Earth

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lessons learned biology challenging topics
LessonsLearned – Biology challenging topics

Systems: Feedback, limitations of models of complex systems

Inquiry: Validity vs. reliability

Application: Criteria and constraints, tradeoffs, and unintended consequences

Processes within cells (LS1):

  • Cellular respiration, especially in the context of plants
  • Processes that regulate the flow of substances into and out a cell
  • Relationships among DNA, chromosomes, genes, ribosomes, and proteins
  • Chromosome number (e.g., sex cells vs body cells, before/after mitosis, meiosis, fertilization)
  • Punnett squares and two-trait crosses

Ecosystems (LS2):

  • Path of a carbon atom during photosynthesis and/or cellular respiration
  • Nitrogen cycle

Evolution (LS3):

  • Mutation, acquired vs. inherited characteristics,
  • Mechanisms of evolution (sexual reproduction, natural selection)

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Next Generation Science Standards: Beginning a Transition towards ImplementationTimeline and NGSS Background and Basics

“The NGSS are intended to reflect a new vision for American science education”(Achieve, 2013)

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washington s k 12 learning standards landscape ccss m ccss ela ngss ealrs gles pes
Washington’s K-12 Learning Standards Landscape(CCSS-M, CCSS-ELA, NGSS, EALRS, GLEs, PEs)

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ccss and ngss washington s implementation phases and timelines
CCSS and NGSSWashington’s Implementation Phases and Timelines

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principles of a framework for k 12 science education
Principles of A Framework for K-12 Science Education

•Children are born investigators

•Understanding builds over time

•Science and Engineering require both knowledge and practice

•Science connects to students’ interests and experiences is essential

•Instruction focuses on core ideas and practices

•Science learning standards promote equity

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NGSS “Lead” States (2011-present)

WA is a lead state partner

2 writers

>1000 reviewers during Public Draft Release

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widespread input in washington 4 000 educators stakeholders students
Widespread input in Washington: 4,000+ educators, stakeholders, students

Student Reviewers:

Neah Bay HS & MESA

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widespread support for ngss in wa
Widespread Support for NGSS in WA

Many Supporting Letters

•Partnership for Learning and WA Business Roundtable

•Washington Science Teachers Association

•Washington Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

•Pacific Science Center

Two Resolutions

•Statewide Curriculum Advisory and

Review Committee

•State Board of Education

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key steps for wa ngss adoption
Key Steps for WA NGSS Adoption
  • Comparative Analysis (WA and NGSS) – Completed June 2013
  • Bias and Sensitivity process – CompletedJune 2013
  • Involve / Update key stakeholders – seek support and buy-in

(All Completed)

    • Ed. Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Commission
    • Legislative Committees
    • State Board of Education
    • State Curriculum Advisory and Review Committee
    • Education Associations
    • State Business and Industry / Private Partners
  • Consider policy implications (HS assessments and course requirements) – Ongoing State and National Focus
  • OSPI NGSS adoption: Superintendent Dorn and Governor Inslee October, 2013

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washington s ccss involvement process summer 2009 to present
Washington’s CCSS Involvement & ProcessSummer 2009 to Present

We are here

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washington s ngss involvement process summer 2011 to present
Washington’s NGSS Involvement & ProcessSummer 2011 to Present

We are here

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Washington

Ongoing: Statewide Coordination and Collaboration to Support Implementation (Professional Learning Providers and Partners Across WA )

Including:

School Districts (CCSS District Implementation Network)

Higher Education

Education and Educator Content Associations

Business Partners

Mathematics/Science Partnership Grants

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remodeling internal collaborations
“Remodeling” Internal Collaborations
  • Calibrate and share messages and resources
    • Across OSPI departments
    • Across Statewide OSPI / ESD Network
  • Jointly develop 3-year Transition Plans and Year-by-Year PD Materials
    • Co-branded and consistent materials
    • Articulate foci of state-developed and delivered professional learning supports each year.
  • Statewide capacity-building efforts
    • Science Networks/MSPs/Higher Education Grants

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what do we want every student and teacher to know and be able to do
What do we want EVERY student and teacher to know and be able to do?

The “What”: KEY SHIFTS

Next Generation Science Standards

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key shifts in ngss
Key Shifts in NGSS

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Focus: The NGSS are Focused on deeper understanding and application of science content reflecting real-world interconnectedness

Coherence: Science and engineering Build Coherentlyacross K–12.

Integration: Science and Engineering are Integrated across K–12 in the NGSS.

next generation science standards
Next Generation Science Standards

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What do we want EVERY student and teacher to know and be able to do?

NGSS Examples

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diving into the ngss layers of an earth and space science ess pe
Diving into the NGSS: Layers of an Earth and Space Science (ESS) PE

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a new vision for students and teachers
A new vision for Students and Teachers

MATH

SCIENCE

Students and Teachers engaged in real-world applied learning within individual contents and across subjects and programs

Source: Working Draft, 12-6-11 by Tina Cheuk, ell.stanford.edu

English language arts

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transitioning to the ngss year 0
Transitioning to the NGSS: Year 0

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Caution:

  • Beware of activities that do not first begin with an understanding of The Framework.
  • Watch for activities that treat the NGSS as a swap out of old standards
  • Beware about adopting new materials until you are confident in what your needs are
  • Watch for activities that separate each Performance Expectation into pieces (i.e. only the Practices, or the CCCs, or the DCIs)
  • Watch for one-shot implementation strategies – there is no silver bullet
sample draft plan for kindergarten year 0
Sample Draft Plan for Kindergarten: Year 0

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Transitions to Years 1 - 3

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Will develop in conjunction with input from the “Field”

Will focus on considerations around pedagogical shifts including shifts in materials, kits, and other resources

Understanding what it means to do science beginning in kindergarten

Considering policy questions around high school science requirements

Thinking through the infusion of engineering

sample draft plan for kindergarten years 1 3
Sample Draft Plan for Kindergarten: Years 1-3

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ngss implications ramifications
NGSS Implications / Ramifications
  • Increases professional learning needs (watch for upcoming webinar events)
  • Infusion of engineering processes and content
  • Integration of Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary

Core Ideas

  • Material/kit alignment
  • Learning Progressions over K-12 span
  • Increases STEM learning opportunities
  • Science in Kindergarten
  • High school requirements

(course and credit requirements)

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how do we know we ve gotten there
How do we know we’ve gotten there?

Assessment System Transitions for Science

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science assessment considerations federal assessment requirements
Science Assessment Considerations:Federal Assessment Requirements

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  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires that our state’s science standards must be assessed:
    • Once in elementary school (we give Measurements of Student Progress in 5th grade)
    • Once in middle school (we give MSP in 8th grade)
    • Once in high school (we give Biology End-of-Course exam)
2013 legislative intent regarding high school science assessment
2013 Legislative Intent Regarding High School Science Assessment

Classes of 2015and beyond…(2013 Engrossed House Bill 1450, Section 4 )

  • Biology EOC—Until Next Generation Science Standards are adopted, implemented and assessed
  • Comprehensive NGSS Test—When NGSS are adopted, implemented and assessed
  • Certificate of Academic Achievement options remain available for all cohorts, with the addition of Biology COE
  • New Biology COE ready for June 2014 submission for Class of 2015 and beyond (only after two attempts on Biology EOC)

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steps to building a new assessment
Steps to building a new assessment:
  • Develop item specifications from standards
  • Determine the test map
  • Develop test items:
    • item writing
    • content review
    • bias and sensitivity review
    • pilot testing
    • data review
  • Develop Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) from standards
  • Administer an operational test
  • Set performance level standards (Standard Setting)
  • For the 2009 standards, this process took 25 months.

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to be determined
To be determined:

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Will the science tests be developed by Washington or with a consortium of states?

When and how will pilot and/or field testing occur?

What year will be the first year of operational testing?

If the high school test is comprehensive, will it be administered at grade 10 or grade 11?

Will the elementary test cover just 5th grade standards or a broader grade band of standards?

preparing for state exams 2014 2016
Preparing for state exams 2014-2016:

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Concentrate on embedding the practices

~ 50% of the points on the MSP and Biology EOC are from Systems, Inquiry, and Application standards

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Thank you!

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Thank YOU!

  • OSPI Assessment Team:
  • Science Assessment Information and support:
    • General email: science@k12.wa.us
    • Cinda Parton, cinda.parton@k12.wa.us
    • Dawn Cope, dawn.cope@k12.wa.us
    • Kara Monroe, kara.monroe@k12.wa.us
  • Assessment Support:
    • Jessica Cole, jessica.cole@k12.wa.us
  • OSPI Science Teaching and Learning Team:
  • Science/NGSS Support:
    • Ellen Ebert, Ph.D., ellen.ebert@k12.wa.us
  • Environmental and Sustainability Education:
    • Gilda Wheeler, gilda.wheeler@k12.wa.us
  • Science Support:
    • Sultana Shah, sultana.shah@k12.wa.us
  • NGSS OSPI Web Site: http://www.k12.wa.us/Science/NGSS.aspx

NGSS Webinar Part 1, 9-24-13