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Science Assessment Item Collaborative Item Specifications Guidelines

In response to requests from chiefs, in January 2015 CCSSO established the Science Assessment Item Collaborative (SAIC) to support states in moving to new science assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The ultimate goal of this collaborative is to develop high-quality assessment items aligned to the NGSS that are accessible to states.  The multidimensional approach to science education stated in the NGSS means that states will not be able to rely on traditional assessment items that were developed for single-discipline evaluation.  The group determined that it would be useful to develop certain resources to establish a shared understanding of the nuance of the new assessments before moving to item development.

During the first phase of this work, the group, in partnership with WestEd, developed several resources: a science assessment framework, science item specifications guidelines, and prototype items for grade 5 and high school. These resources are freely available to all states. 

The Science Assessment Item Collaborative (SAIC) Item Specifications Guidelines document has been developed as a companion document to the Science Assessment Item Collaborative Assessment Framework.  The Item Specifications Guidelines focus specifically on how the content of the NGSS will be assessed, by articulating the NGSS-to-item cluster correlations that are necessary for the development of NGSS-aligned items, item clusters, and assessments.  

For questions please contact Katie Carroll

Contact:KatieĀ Carrollkatie.carroll@ccsso.org202-312-6434