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State Science Assessment

State Science Assessment

The state's new Forward Exam in science will be completed in 2019. In spring of 2018, there will be two sets of 3-5 questions connected to an in-depth scenario and requiring rigorous use of science and engineering practices. There will also be two sets of these questions being field tested (will not count toward scores). For these new items, the 4th grade exam will have contexts aligning to the new Wisconsin Standards for Science (WSS) and the NGSS 4th grade standards. The 8th grade exam will align to the topics of the 6th through 8th grade WSS as well as the NGSS (pg. 47-75). These contexts will include engineering design standards, as found in the WSS and NGSS. Notably, the tests will focus on content understanding linked to work with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as detailed in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education. New items will also be DOK 2 or 3; there will arguably be no DOK 1 items in 2019. 

In 2019 the Forward Exam data will be reported out on new categories based on the Wisconsin Standards for Science and reflective of the three dimensions detailed in the NRC Framework and NGSS: disciplinary core ideas (content), science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts (ways of thinking). Those categories will tentatively focus on three-dimensional sense-making across the four main disciplines of the WSS: 

  • Students can use life sciences content understanding, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to make sense of phenomena and solve problems. 
  • Students can use physical sciences content understanding, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.
  • Students can use earth and space sciences content understanding, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.
  • Students can use an understanding of engineering design and the connections of engineering, technology, and applications of science in society to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

Forward Exam Resources

ACT and ACT Aspire Science Exam Resources

 

For questions about this information, contact Kevin Anderson (608) 266-3319