Assessment and New Standards
Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are becoming a fact of educational life across the United States. Although developed by different organizations, these two sets of standards are compatible and aim for similar goals of preparing students for college, career, and citizenship. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in collaboration with educators, created the Common Core State Standards to provide focus and coherence throughout the country’s education system. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve developed the NGSS to provide coherence and unity in science education.
The CCSS and NGSS do not describe a curriculum or a set of recommended teaching practices. Rather, they describe concrete expectations for student learning. Curriculum directors and teachers are free to use any teaching methods that will help students meet those expectations.
The Standards describe expectations, from kindergarten through high school, that imply more student-centered instruction. This shift may require adjusting teacher, student, and parent thinking about what makes a valuable learning experience.
The Standards focus on several concepts that pose challenges to teachers and students:
- Higher-level thinking and deep understanding of content rather than on memorization of facts
- Transfer and application of learned concepts and skills to novel situations and real-world problems
- Text complexity, with a focus on informational texts
- Writing of coherent and well-organized arguments supported with credible evidence
Overview of Standards and Assessment >
Intel® Education Assessing Projects is an online resource that helps teachers and students meet these new, challenging goals through formative and summative assessment. Learn more about how Assessing Projects supports the Standards.
Classroom Assessment >
Read more about formative and summative assessments, and how they address the Standards with an emphasis on learning processes and application.