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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.

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Physical Science & Engineering (3rd grade)

  • PE: Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other. (3-PS2-3)

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)

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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 (5th grade)


PE: Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the earth’s resources and environment. (5-ESS3-1)

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)

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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)