Colorado’s new science summative assessments are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014. These assessments will be designed to measure Colorado students’ scientific understanding and abilities in each of the three standards (Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth Science) as well as Scientific Investigations and the Nature of Science (SI/NS) found in the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). Please keep in mind that in line with the CAS, the frameworks for grades 5 and 8 are grade specific while the frameworks for high school are not. The concepts and skills in the CAS build across the years such that lower years’ standards are reflected in the standards for subsequent years. Due to this progression, concept and skill retention from previous years is inherent and will be expected. Therefore, it is important for students in all grades to have access to science concepts that build toward mastery.
This questionnaire solicits feedback in two main areas: 1) the percent distribution of points; and 2) the appropriateness of the included Evidence Outcomes. Feedback received will inform refinements of the assessment framework. Final assessment frameworks that include feedback from the field are expected to be released in late February.