Assessing Learning Progressions (ALPs) is a National Science Foundation funded project aimed at helping researchers of learning progressions bridge the gap between the development of hypothetical learning progressions and the use of assessment to study and validate them.
The Automated Analysis of Constructed Responses (AACR, pronounced "acer") research group consists of researchers from seven universities (visit Collaborators page) with backgrounds in various STEM disciplines (biology, chemistry, engineering, and statistics), assessment and educational research. We hope this research can help us gain greater insight into student thinking about “big ideas”, such as evolution, energy, and genetics. We are looking to expand the scope of this work and seeking interested collaborators across STEM disciplines.
Constructed response questions – in which students must explain phenomena in their own words – create more meaningful opportunities for instructors to identify their students’ learning obstacles than multiple choice questions. However, the realities of typical large-enrollment undergraduate classes restrict the options faculty have for analyzing student writing.
PIRE: Crafting Engagement in Science Environments is a five-year, $3.6 million research grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The researchers and teachers involved are working to boost interest and engagement in science for all students. They are also providing students with the skills and opportunities to pursue science in the future.
The goal of this project is to develop next-generation assessments that address a core idea in physical science—matter and its interactions—by integrating middle school chemistry content with two important scientific practices, constructing explanations and developing and using models.
The NGSA Life Science project is a 3-year, $1.46 million project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Based on the work underway in another project in the larger Next Generation Science Assessment endeavor, the team is designing, developing, testing, and validating a set of 3-dimensional assessment tasks and scoring rubrics aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations for middle school science classrooms.