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Test Items that Yield Rich Data: Part 2 of 3

[fa icon="calendar'] June, 2018 / by Press Room posted in NGSS, Accountability, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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How the NGSS Transform Science Instruction and Assessment

We recently published a white paper titled “Assessing Today’s Standards: Multi-dimensional test items,” that describes our approach to the challenges and opportunities presented by new, rigorous standards in ELA, math, and science. We’ve reconsidered item development to address both the multi-dimensionality of the standards and the needs of many stakeholders and decision makers for meaningful, timely assessment information.

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Gauging the Transition to the NGSS in California: Reflections from CSTA 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] December, 2017 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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We recently attended the 2017 California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conference in Sacramento. Conversations with teachers underscored the continuing need for classroom and district science resources to support the transition to NGSS*.

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Celebrating our Collaboration with Oklahoma

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2017 / by Press Room posted in NGSS, Accountability, College and Career Readiness

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New Contract Award Continues Longstanding Commitment to Oklahoma Students

We’re excited to announce that the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) h a s awarded Measured Progress a new contract for its Oklahoma School Testing Program. The new contract provides yearly online assessments based on Oklahoma Academic Standards for grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and mathematics, and for science in grades 5 and 8. 
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Deepen Student Learning for the Total Solar Eclipse

[fa icon="calendar'] August, 2017 / by Press Room posted in NGSS, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you’ve probably heard or read about the total solar eclipse of the sun by the moon on Monday, August 21st here in the United States. This planetary phenomenon has not been experienced here since 1979. These few minutes, where the moon perfectly aligns with the sun and blocks out light in the middle of the day, are a big deal for science. And science is a big deal for us here at Measured Progress.

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Reflections from CSTA and NSTA Conferences

[fa icon="calendar'] November, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Fall conferences are in full swing for educators, and Measured Progress recently attended two regional science conferences: the California Science Education Conference (CSTA) in Palm Springs, and the first regional NSTA conference of 2016  in Minneapolis. It was incredibly energizing to meet so many science educators, and we came away from both conferences very impressed by the dedication of K–12 educators in the science community. Attendees described their shared mission to educate today’s students to know, think, and act like scientists and engineers, in line with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, and they offered numerous ideas about how to best fulfill that mission.

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How Do You Fit New NGSS-based Assessment into Current Science Curricula?

[fa icon="calendar'] September, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS

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Having to select new curriculum and find appropriate NGSS-aligned assessment tools to support your transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*) can be a challenge. According to a recent article in Education Dive, the hurdle is even higher: “Teachers should be assessing whether students get the core ideas, but they also need to know whether students understand the larger framework and the ways scientists and engineers approach questions about the world.” In other words, K-12 science education today has to go beyond confirming content knowledge, to helping students make connections across science disciplines. At the same time, students are tasked to figure out how to understand natural phenomenon and create solutions to design problems. That’s a tall order, for sure.

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5 Tips to Help Transition to NGSS

[fa icon="calendar'] May, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*) demand a shift in how educators approach science education. This shift includes an emphasis on the integration of three dimensions: to incorporate an understanding of how scientists and engineers think and act with the learning progression of science content. Students need opportunities to engage in learning that blend all three dimensions of the standards:

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New Science Partnership Brings STEM Gauge and IQWST Together

[fa icon="calendar'] April, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Measured Progress is really excited about our new partnership with Activate Learning, the publisher of IQWST (Investigating & Questioning our World through Science & Technology). Activate Learning is one of the leading middle school science curricula providers in the US. Their inquiry-based approach engages students in doing science. The partnership was announced on March 31, 2016 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Nashville. Since then, we’ve been working side-by-side on a correlation document to show how our two products, IQWST and STEM Gauge®, come together in the classroom to provide a complete solution for full NGSS* alignment.

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