Science Assessment Professional Development Opportunities

Science educators throughout Washington are encouraged to sign up for science assessment updates as well as apply to participate in work groups such as Item Cluster Development, Content Review, Range Finding, Rubric Validation and Content Review with Data.

As dates for development events for assessments aligned to the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (Next Generation Science Standards) become available, information will be posted below. Invitations to apply for these events will be emailed to those signed up for science assessment updates through the GovDelivery listserv.

We recommend downloading the Science Assessment Application Example prior to applying.

Upcoming Events in Science Assessment Development


Content Review with Data

Content Review

Item Cluster Writing

Pilot Rangefinding and Rubric Validation

Grade 5

Sept 29, 2017

October 2-6, 2017

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Grade 8

Sept 28, 2017

October 9-13, 2017

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

High School

Sept 27,2017

October 2-6, 2017
October 9-13, 2017

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Invitations emailed through GovDelivery

June 2017

June 2017

Winter 2018

Spring 2018

Additional Science Assessment Events for school year 2017-18

(Invitations to apply for most of these events will be emailed via the GovDelivery listserv)

  • Fall/Winter 2017: Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs)
    Educator workgroups produce descriptions of the knowledge and skills students demonstrate in each performance level (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4).
  • Winter/Spring 2018: Alignment Study
    Educator workgroups evaluate the alignment of the WCAS to the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (NGSS).
  • Winter/Spring 2018: Contrasting Groups Study
    Educators use the Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) to predict how their students will perform on the WCAS. Online ALD training is provided prior to this study.
  • Late Summer 2018: Achievement Level Setting
    Educators develop threshold score recommendations for student performance levels (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4) on the WCAS.

Email me Interested in receiving email/text updates from Science Assessment?
Go to the Subscribe page for GovDelivery. Choose a subscription type. Enter your email address/wireless number. On the Subscriptions page, select Content Areas > Science, then select the grade band(s) for which you would like to receive information. If you are interested in receiving updates from other OSPI departments, you can select those areas as well. Follow the directions until you have completed registration.

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   Updated 11/20/2017

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