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NGSS Assessment Design and Analysis Resources

SNAP's resources for supporting performance assessment design and use

SNAP has developed sets of tools to support educators in designing and using performance assessments for NGSS. Free online courses provide instruction on how to use these resources to support professional learning communities around NGSS assessment.

Resources for analyzing performance assessments to inform instructional decisions

Open-ended performance assessments that engage students in sense-making around a phenomenon hold tremendous promise for supporting students' progress with multidimensional reasoning. But for these assessments to support NGSS classrooms, educators must understand how to find evidence of each dimension in students' responses and how to use this evidence to inform instructional decisions. The tools you will find below are designed to guide groups of educators in practicing doing collaborative analysis of a performance assessment. Examples embedded in the tools are based on SNAP's Natural Hazards Short Performance Assessment, which can be downloaded below.
Students working on an IEA

Resources for developing performance assessments

In SNAP's vision of high-quality assessment for NGSS, classroom assessment blends almost seamlessly with instruction. Students are presented with a challenging task or problem, and through discourse, group work, opportunities for peer feedback, and scaffolded learning experiences, they build their expertise so that they are prepared to do their best possible work on a summative product. Our design tools use SNAP's design principles as a foundation to guide developers in building instructionally-embedded performance assessments (IEAs) that elicit actionable information about students' progress with the dimensions being assessed.
review form

Resource for evaluating performance assessments

Peer feedback is essential to the design of any high-quality assessment. This feedback form is designed to guide peer and/or expert feedback. It is based on SNAP's Performance Assessment Design Criteria. The use of the criteria varies based on whether a short performance assessment (SPA) or extended assessment (IEA), and instructions for the different uses are embedded in the form.