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Developing Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom

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 step-by-step in using SNAP's tools for developing 3-dimensional performance assessments. Participants will learn SNAP's procedures for defining performance outcomes, selecting phenomena, and developing a task to meet a set of criteria for high-quality assessment. Participants will have opportunities at two crucial points during the course to engage in a peer feedback process with another development team.

This course follows a hybrid format designed to support groups of colleagues learning together. It is important to note that the format is slightly different from SNAP Course 1. In this course, instruction is delivered through three video sessions and the videos guide development teams (groups of 2-3 colleagues) step-by-step through SNAP's process of developing performance assessments. This means that the group members watch the videos together and develop the task while they watch. The face-to-face meetings are when two or more development teams get together to give feedback to each other during a structured peer review session.


This course is designed for participants who have already taken SNAP Course 1 (Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom) or who have extensive experience using the NGSS Appendices E, F,and G and with analyzing the dimensions of a performance assessment. In order to receive a Statement of Accomplishment at the end of this course, you must complete all of the reflections and assignments (the required tasks are indicated on the course outline and they can be identified by having a note about the possible number of points asssociated with them). There are also questions embedded throughout the course that are prompts for your group to discuss and in those cases one team member can enter a response for the whole group.

Jill Wertheim

Jill Wertheim

Cathy Zozakiewcz

Cathy Z

Nicole Holthuis

Nicole Holthuis

Susan Schultz

Susan Schultz

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to do this course with a group?

It can be very isolating to develop a performance assessment on your own, but it is possible to take this course without any other colleagues. It is preferable to at least find a colleague from another grade or subject who will develop their own task but who could meet with you for the face-to-face peer review sessions. It is possible to do the entire course without any colleagues, however, and to use the course platform to find a group for a peer review session via a video conference application (e.g. Skype).

How long does the course take?

We estimate that the whole course takes about 20-30 hours, though the length of the course is highly variable.

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, we do not evaluate your assessment but we do need you to respond to reflection questions on the course platform throughout the course so we have a record of your work. The debrief and reflection questions that follow the two Face-to-Face meetings are required for the SoA.

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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.