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Short Performance Assessments

Classroom or external assessments (20-40 minutes)

Short Performance Assessments (SPAs) are designed to be taken individually at the end of a lesson sequence that addresses the NGSS Performance Expectation (PE). The SPAs provide information about students' progress with integrating the three dimensions of a single PE.

The SPAs shared here are all still being revised - this site will be updated with new versions and new tasks. CONTACT US if you are interested in helping us pilot and revise the tasks!

NEW: we are trying a few online pilots (3rd grade PS/EN and 5th grade ESS). If you want to pilot these please let us know if you need a report of your students' work.

Life Science & Engineering (3rd grade)

Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.* (3-LS4-4)
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. (3-5-ETS1-2)

Rabbits in Australia

Life Science (5th grade)

PE: Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. (5-LS2-1)

Earth Science (MS)


PE: Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. (MS-ESS3-2)

Life Science (MS)

PE: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem (LS2-1)

Earth Science (MS)


PE: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. (MS-ESS2-1)

video game in space

Physical Science (MS)

PE: Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave. (MS-PS4-1)