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Stanford University: Evaluating Student Work from Performance Assessments to Guide NGSS Teaching and Learning: Course 4

The hybrid course guides teams of educators in the collaborative development of a multidimensional, educative rubric for a science performance assessment following SNAP’s principled design process. Participants also learn how to use their rubric as part of efficient, responsive, and equitable instructional practices for supporting all students' progress toward 3-dimensional reasoning.

Evaluating Student Work from Performance Assessments to Guide NGSS Teaching and Learning: Course 4
6 weeks
4–5 hours per week
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About this course

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This course supports teams of educators in learning SNAP's process of developing multidimensional rubrics for science performance assessments. Participants are led step-by-step through the development of educative rubrics designed to give teachers and students the information needed for equitable instructional practices that support students’ 3-dimensional learning. Participants will learn strategies for using the rubric as a resource for science classrooms that use effective and efficient techniques to integrate assessments seamlessly into the instructional sequence. The unique structure of these rubrics is designed to support classrooms in shifting from a punitive approach to assessment to using challenging and meaningful performance tasks to improve students’ 3D reasoning, engagement, and to frame students as agents of their own learning. The course has a hybrid structure that blends independent learning from the instructional videos, collaborative work in teams, and peer teams that meet for feedback and to reflect on patterns across classes and grades to improve 3D learning across a school or district.

At a glance

  • Institution: StanfordOnline
  • Subject: Education & Teacher Training
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:
    • Performance Assessment in the NGSS Classroom: Course 1
    • Developing Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom: Course 2
    • Using Student Work To Strengthen Performance Assessments for NGSS: Course 3
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Teaching, Blended Learning

What you'll learn

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By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key elements of a quality rubric for NGSS performance assessments
  • Develop a 3-dimensional rubric
  • Use a rubric to provide effective feedback and grades to students
  • Use a rubric to inform instructional decisions to improve students’ 3-dimensional learning
  • Use a rubric to cultivate a positive classroom culture around assessment
  • Use trends from student work to inform collaborative school or district-wide planning to improve 3D learning

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to do this course with a group?

The work that you will be doing in this course benefits from opportunities to discuss your ideas and to hear different perspectives. We regularly hear from participants who have taken a SNAP course alone that they REALLY needed a group. Participants report that the collaboration with their colleagues was essential to their learning. If you don't have a group, you can use the discussion board to set up a virtual group.

How long does the course take?

We estimate that the whole course, including the face-to-face meetings, takes about 16-20 hours. The videos are not long, but they have guided practice embedded in them, making them take longer than the video length.

Can I take the course if I haven’t taken the prerequisite courses?

You have what you need to take this course if you have 1) a performance assessment, with 2) Performance Outcomes that describe what each component of the assessment is assessing, and 3) student work. However, we highly recommend that you complete Session 2 of Course 3: Using Student Work to Strengthen Performance Assessments for NGSS prior to taking this course. Course 3 guides you through an analysis of student work that will be used in this course. It also will guide you through revising and improving the assessment to ensure that it is a quality measure of the performances that will be assessed by the rubric.

If you don’t have information about what each component is assessing, we will direct you just to the relevant parts of Course 2 to construct it yourselves. You will not need to take all of Course 2.

Can I use this course for professional development credit?

When you complete the course, you will be able to print a confirmation of course completion.

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