PRISM Hosted A Project 2061 Assessment Workshop
New Jersey adopted the Mathematics Core Curriculum and has committed to adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), while the NJ Math-Science Partnerships projects have all provided workshops to support their implementation. As a result, New Jersey is a lead partner in the nationwide movement to improve STEM teaching, and because PRISM Director, Dr. Jacalyn Willis, is the scientist member of the NGSS Leadership Team for NJ, PRISM was invited to host an assessment workshop provided by Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The 3-day program in June focused on how to monitor students’ science learning. It was funded by a supplemental grant to PRISM from the NJDOE’s funds for the Math-Science Partnerships.
“Teachers are really anxious about assessment,” said Colette Killian, administrator for the Professional Resources in Sciences and Mathematics (PRISM) MSP program at Montclair State University, “so this workshop had great value for them.” The program dealt with students’ misconceptions, identifying ideas that are central to the unit, and how to align assessments to those important concepts. Teachers also explored Project 2061’s free Science Assessment website, which provides access to more than 700 assessment items for 16 topics in earth, life, and physical science and the nature of science, along with data on how students performed in national field tests, and a feature for assembling items into tests that can be administered and scored online. Look for an announcement of another such workshop to be hosted at PRISM.