She writes that last week, the American Institutes for Research, a research and evaluation nonprofit that is contracting with some states to design and implement NGSS tests, brought together psychometricians, science education experts, and state leaders for two days on how to turn the standards into state summative exams. The states represented included California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. (New Hampshire and Utah didn’t officially adopt the NGSS, but New Hampshire is considering adoption and Utah adopted standards based on the NGSS framework for grades 6-8.)
The meetings were closed to the press, but she spoke with Jon Cohen, president of AIR assessment, and Gary Phillips, AIR’s senior vice president and an institute fellow about some of what the attendees decided at the gathering.
In a nutshell, while the tests will most likely differ from state to state, there will be much in common.
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