Now, when science teachers log into Edulastic and explore the Assessment Library, they’ll notice a lot more Next Generation Science Standards content! This month we publicly released new NGSS assessments to give science instructors more support. The new content covers all middle school NGSS standards and half of high school NGSS standards. Additionally, the new NGSS assessments were created by topic and with Technology-Enhanced Items (TEIs), which help engage students.
Our Edulastic Certified NGSS content authors wrote the new science assessments while keeping in mind the three pillars of NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. Many of the 650+ new questions leverage TEIs to boost interactivity and encourage students to demonstrate strong mastery of science concepts. The STEM questions span across different levels of DOK for science and can complement hands-on activities in class for a complete blended learning experience.
Access the New NGSS Assessments
Once you log into your free or premium Edulastic account you can access the new NGSS assessments in a couple of ways. If you would like to work straight from one of the pre-crafted assessments, you can look for the assessments in the assessment library. A simple search of one of the content author’s names will take you straight to their assessments.
For middle school physical science, search “John Handel”
For middle school life science, search “Lindsay Glasner”
For high school physical science, search “Dr. Mike VanEngelen”
(The results for these searches are shown in the screenshots below.)
Or, you can access all of their new assessment items by clicking this link.
Alternatively, you search for the NGSS Performance Expectations you aim to implement and look for the assessments with the little green triangle in the corner. The green triangle indicates that the assessment is Edulastic Certified.
In some cases you may want to start from scratch and build your own assessment. To access these new questions from the item bank, go to the edit page for the assessment and click the “Add New Question” button to pull up the search page for questions. In the “Item Banks” box, select “Edulastic Certified” from the dropdown menu. Make sure your subject is set to “Science-NGSS” when browsing question items!
Personalize Learning: How to Customize the NGSS Content
Make these NGSS questions your own. We know that oftentimes science content is best when personalized for a particular region or class. When logged into Edulastic, teachers can customize assessments and questions to fit their curricula or desired focus. With thousands of STEM questions to choose from, you’ll have a strong starting point when creating a new assessment for students.
Formative assessment is a great way for sciences teachers to check for understanding throughout the year. With immediate feedback, teachers can make sure that students are digesting the content they need to know. Particularly, at a time when the US lags behind with STEM academic achievement, it’s important now, more than ever, to make sure students are getting the support in science they need.
As we move forward to do our part to positively influence education, we are excited to continue to support STEM learning.
Sign into Edulastic to begin putting these new NGSS assessments to use.