SCILLSS Resources

The SCILLSS project is producing a wide range of resources for public access and use.

These resources connect visitors with relevant research, instruments, and theoretical frameworks to help inform further work in this field, during and beyond the life of the SCILLSS project period.

Quarterly Newsletters

Year 1

Year 2

State Assessment Resources

Ensuring Rigor in State Assessment Systems: A Self-Evaluation Protocol click here

Theory of Action Resources

Theory of Action Development Guide click here

  • Montana State Science Assessment System: Theory of Action click here
  • Nebraska State Science Assessment System: Theory of Action click here
  • Wyoming State Science Assessment System: Theory of Action click here

Principled Design Resources

A Principled Approach to Designing Three-Dimensional Science Assessment Tasks: A Process Guide click here

Grade 5 

  • NGSS Claim and Measurement Targets (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Practices (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Integrated Dimension Map (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Design Pattern (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Task Template (DRAFT) click here

Grade 8 

  • NGSS Claim and Measurement Targets (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Practices (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Integrated Dimension Map (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Design Pattern (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Task Template (DRAFT) click here

Grade 11 

  • NGSS Claim and Measurement Targets (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts (DRAFT) click here
  • Elaboration and Unpacking of the NGSS Practices (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Integrated Dimension Map (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Design Pattern (DRAFT) click here
  • NGSS Task Template (DRAFT) click here

Local Assessment Resources

Ensuring Rigor in Local Assessment Systems: A Self-Evaluation Protocol click here

Digital Workbook on Educational Assessment Design and Evaluation: Creating and Evaluating Effective Educational Assessments

Chapter 1: Purposes and Uses of Assessment Scores, Validity, Validity Questions (Adobe Connect Digital Workbook, PPT, Script)

  • Chapter 1.1 Assessment Purposes and Uses
  • Chapter 1.2 Validity as the Key Principle of Assessment Quality
  • Chapter 1.3 Four Validity Questions to Guide Assessment Development and Evaluation
  • Chapter 1.4 Summary and Next Steps

Chapter 2: Construct Coherence (Adobe Connect Digital Workbook, PPT, Script)

  • Chapter 2.1 Review of Key Concepts from Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2.2 The Concept of Construct Coherence

White Papers

Other Publications by the SCILLSS Team

Presentations by the SCILLSS Team

Council of Chief State School Officers. (2017, March 29). Assessment Directors WebEx click here

Forte, E. (2018, June 22). Assessment Literacy: Indiana Assessment Professional Development Day [PowerPoint Slides]. click here

Forte, E., & Everson, H. (2017, October 24). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS): Project Description for the TILSA SCASS click here

Forte, E., Summers, L., Wiley, A. (2018, February 20). Using Principled-Design to Support Coherence in State and Local Assessment Systems [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, San Antonio, TX. click here

Summers, L., True, R., Cooper. S., Davis-Becker, S., & Everson, H. (2017, September 14). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS) [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at the NCME Special Conference on Classroom Assessment, Lawrence, KS. click here

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