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SCALE's work on performance assessment is grounded in a philosophy that teaching and learning is most effective when instruction is supported by a coherent system of assessments. A critical part of this system isĀ  complex, engaging tasks that provide information about students' progress that can be used to inform instructional decisions.

The projects described below outline some of our current efforts to build capacity across the entire education system, from policymakers to curriculum developers to classroom teachers, in the development and use of performance assessments designed to support teaching and learning.

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Stanford NGSS Assessment Project

The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is a collaboration between experts in science performance assessment at SCALE and lead authors of the Framework for K-12 Science EducationJonathan Osborne and Helen Quinn. SNAP explores how performance assessments can be used to support teaching and learning of the NGSS.



SCALE collaborated with Twig on the development of a coherent system of assessments integrated into a K-5 NGSS curriculum. We are continuing this relationship by developing an assessment framework and evaluating the performance assessments developed by Twig for their grade 6-8 NGSS curriculum.

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SCALE provides technical support for the Learning Policy Institute's State Performance Assessment Learning Community (SPA-LC). Policymakers from more than 28 states have recognized the important role that performance assessment can play in science learning. We are supporting this learning community in laying the groundwork for the use of performance assessments as part of state and districtwide systems of assessment.