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Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Implications for Practice

This course ends at 12 noon Pacific Time on March 26, 2020. If a Statement of Accomplishment is available for this course, it will be available for download until March 31, 2020.

About This Course

This course from the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is designed to guide participants in exploring the role performance assessment can play in helping their students meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn SNAP's strategies for analyzing what an assessment is evaluating, analyzing multidimensional student data, and making instructional decisions based on evidence of students' progress and additional needs. Participants will have opportunities throughout the course to practice using these strategies with sample short performance assessments (20 minute tasks) and student data.

This course follows a hybrid format designed to support groups of colleagues learning together. Instruction is delivered through four video sessions and the assignments for those sessions are done in these in-person (face-to-face) groups of colleagues. One member of the group should be designated to be a facilitator. Because this format is so unusual, we have created a video (below) to help you with some of the planning decisions that should be made before you begin. Note: SNAP is not present in these meetings -- we provide facilitation guides and all of the materials you will need for the assignments, but these meetings are run by you and your colleagues.


Participants should be familiar with the structure of the NGSS and should have prior PD and/or experience with the ways the NGSS are driving shifts in instruction. Participants must meet up with other members in the course for the best experience.

Jill Wertheim

Jill Wertheim

Cathy Zozakiewcz

Cathy Z

Sara Dozier

Sara Dozier

Nicole Holthuis

Nicole Holthuis

Susan Schultz

Susan Schultz

Frequently Asked Questions

What web browser should I use?

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See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

Do I have to do this course with a group?

The analyses that you will be doing in this course benefit from opportunities to discuss your ideas and to hear different perspectives. We regularly hear from participants who have taken the course alone that they REALLY needed a group. Also, groups tell us that the collaboration with their colleagues was essential to their learning in this course. If you don't have a group, you can use the discussion board to set up a virtual group.

How long does the course take?

We estimate that the whole course takes about 10-15 hours. The videos are not long, but some videos have questions embedded in them, making them take longer than the video length in.

Can I use this course for professional development credit?

If you complete the course, you can get a Statement of Accomplishment (SoA), which includes a brief description of the course and an estimate of the length of the course. In order to get the SoA, you do not need to upload your completed assignments but you do need to respond to the reflection questions on the course platform after you do the assignments so we have a record of your work.

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The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) has developed a number of resources to support the development and use of performance assessments for 3D learning. Our online courses are designed to help teachers, assessment developers, instructional coaches, administrators, and others to use all of these resources.