Discipline-Based Education Research Group


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Presented to UNL Discipline-Based Education Research Group, 2012.


Copyright 2012, Leilani Arthurs.


The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which have undergone the first stage of public review and are currently under development, address not only content knowledge but also scientific skills. As such, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K‐12 envisions the NGSS motivating change in the way that science is taught in the United States. A critical part of science instruction as it is envisioned with the NGSS involves using assessments. This DBER presentation will report on the latest NAS views regarding science proficiency assessments, as they were shared at all‐day workshop on September 13th, 2012. Although the Committee’s remarks were aimed at K‐12 levels, they are both transferable to and have implications for post‐secondary science education.