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Performance Assessment Design Studio

Design Studio

Researchers and assessment developers working with SNAP to develop draft 3D performance assessments.


SNAP is offering a Science Performance Assessment Design Studio on the Stanford campus August 5-7, 2019!

We are inviting teams of 3-5 participants to bring a draft science performance task with a sample of student data (at least 20 students) to engage in collaborative analysis and review.

Design Studio Goals:

  • Engage in a rigorous analysis and revision of a performance task and scoring guide using evidence from pilot student data.
  • Support design teams in adapting this process for use in states, districts, and schools.
  • Building a community of science assessment professionals to support each other in building high-quality NGSS performance assessments.

Possibilities for draft tasks:

  • a performance assessment that you designed and plan to revise and use in your school or district
  • a performance assessment that you found and you would like to revise to make sure it supports NGSS learning
  • One of SNAP performance assessments that you would like to revise and modify for use in your school

We will have the opportunity to learn from each other, from experts at Stanford,  Achieve, and many others. We will poll participants to determine what types of expertise you would find most beneficial as you refine your assessment and your procedures for development, scoring, and classroom implementation.

Where and when?
The Design Studio will take place August 5-7 on the Stanford University campus. We will meet for full days August 5-6 and we will finish by noon on the 7th.

Participants will be responsible for their own for travel, lodging, and registration fee ($175). Each day, we will provide a light breakfast, and lunch, as well as  plenty of coffee and tea throughout the event. We have also lined up several blocks of affordable (for Palo Alto) hotels.

Who should come?
We are inviting leaders from states, districts, and schools that are exploring the use of performance assessment as part of their science assessment system. Team leaders should be involved with developing science performance assessments at the state, regional, or district level, and/or training others to develop assessments. In assembling your team, we encourage team leaders to think broadly about a range of perspectives that influence the quality of assessments. We ask that you consider including experts in science teaching, language, equity, accessibility, curriculum, school and district leaders, etc. Whether we accept more than one team from a state or district will depend on the number of applications we receive.

If you are interested in attending, use this link to submit an application by May 30th (update: deadline has been extended!). Please make every effort to identify all team members when you submit your application, as this helps us in our planning.

Contact us with any questions.