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

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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 Large-scale Three-dimensional Science Assessment Tasks: A Process Guide 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, MP3)

  • 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, MP3)

  • Chapter 2.1 Review of Key Concepts from Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2.2 The Concept of Construct Coherence
  • Chapter 2.3 Validity Questions Related to Construct Coherence

Chapter 3: Comparability (Adobe Connect Digital Workbook, PPT, Script, MP3)

  • Chapter 3.1 Review of Key Concepts from Chapters 1 and 2
  • Chapter 3.2 What is Comparability and Why is it Important?
  • Chapter 3.3 What is Reliability/Precision and Why is it Important?
  • Chapter 3.4 Validity Questions Related to Comparability and Reliability/Precision

Chapter 4: Fairness and Accessibility (Adobe Connect Digital Workbook, PPTScript, MP3)

  • Chapter 4.1 Review of Key Concepts from Chapters 1, 2, and 3
  • Chapter 4.2 What is Fairness and Accessibility and Why is it Important?
  • Chapter 4.3 Validity Questions Related to Fairness and Accessibility

Chapter 5: Consequences Associated with Testing (Adobe Connect Digital Workbook, PPT, Script, MP3)

  • Chapter 5.1 Review of Key Concepts from Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Chapter 5.2 Consequences Associated with Testing
  • Chapter 5.3 Validity Questions Related to Consequences
Digital Workbook on Designing High Quality Three-dimensional Science Assessments for Classroom Use

Chapter 1: Introduction to Principled Assessment Design

Chapter 2: Unpacking the NGSS Performance Expectations

Chapter 3: Development of the Task Specifications Tool

Chapter 4: Development of Tasks, Rubrics, and Exemplars

A Professional Learning Toolkit: Principled Assessment Design

Executive Summary click here

General Materials:

  • A Guide to Developing Classroom-based Next Generation Science Standards Assessment Tasks: A Principled-design Approach click here
  • Outline of Classroom Science Assessment Workshop Materials and Resources click here
  • Workshop Presentation (PPT, Script)
  • Workshop Agenda click here
  • Facilitator Process Agenda click here
  • Facilitator Guidance to Support Activities click here
  • Evaluation Form click here

Unpacking the Performance Expectations:

Task Specifications Development:

Task and Rubric Development:

Task Review and Evaluation:

White Papers

Luecht, R. M. (2019). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS): The Role of Performance Level Descriptors for Establishing Meaningful and Useful Reporting Scales in a Principled Design Approach [White paper]. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska Department of Education. click here

Presentations by the SCILLSS Team

Summers, E., Buchanan, E., Turner, C., Rutstein, D., & True, R. (2020, August 21). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS) [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at the National Council on Measurement in Education 2020 Annual Meeting. click here

Buchanan, E., Turner, C., Rutstein, D., & True, R. (2020, May 29). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS) [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation Submission for the CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment Online Conference Program. click here

Forte, E., Summers, E., Wiley, A., True, R., Flores, C., & Nepple, S. (2019, April 6). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS) [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at the National Council on Measurement in Education 2019 Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. click here

Summers, E. (2019, January 14). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS): Strengthening the Meaning and Utility of Test Scores for their Intended Uses [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at the Montana Office of Public Instruction Annual Assessment Conference, Bozeman, MT. click here

Forte, E., Rutstein, D., Huff, K., & Cooper, S. (2018, October 9). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS): Exploring the Relationship between Large-scale and Local Assessments [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at the National Council on Measurement in Education Classroom Assessment Conference, Lawrence, KS. click here

Wiley, A., True, R., Nepple, S., & Gomez, P. (2018, October 9). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS): Implementation and Use of Results of Self-Evaluation Tools for Assessment Systems [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at the National Council on Measurement in Education Classroom Assessment Conference, Lawrence, KS. click here

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

Forte, E., Summers, E., Wiley, A. (2018, February 20). Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS): 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

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

Summers, E., 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 National Council on Measurement in Education Special Conference on Classroom Assessment, Lawrence, KS. click here

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

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