Practice Brief 29 -- Topics: Assessment Equity

Steps to Designing a Three Dimensional Assessment

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Three-dimensional assessment tasks allow you to make inferences about students’ integrated understanding of disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts.

This document contains a five-step process designed to help teams develop three-dimensional assessment tasks, aligned with the new vision for science education and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

This is a companion tool to the “Integrating Science and Engineering Practices into Assessments” tool (which suggests activity formats to help teachers create three-dimensional, practice-based assessments) and to the checklist “Qualities of a Good Anchor Phenomenon for a Coherent Sequence of Science Lessons” (which outlines criteria to consider when selecting an anchor phenomena or design problem). All of these resources were created by Research + Practice Collaboratory members in response to a felt need among educators for tools to help develop new, three-dimensional activities and assessments.

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Authors:

WILLIAM R. PENUEL, KATIE VAN HORNE, AND PHILIP BELL - MARCH 2016




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