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Dear Science Educator,

In October 2013, Washington state adopted the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (also known as the Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS).

You are invited to provide feedback on the design of the state assessments that will be developed for the new science standards.

Developing the new exams includes building “test blueprints” which show how the total points on the exams will be allocated. In preparation for the first administration of the assessments (no earlier than spring 2018), educator input regarding the test blueprints is requested.

There are three surveys to collect feedback—one for elementary school, one for middle school, and one for high school. You are welcome to complete one, two, or all three surveys.

Responses to the survey will be anonymous. Each survey consists of two parts:

Part 1 asks for information on your educational background and experience.

Part 2 asks you to indicate the relative importance of each Performance Expectation (PE) within the domains of Physical Sciences (PS), Life Sciences (LS), Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science (ETS) for purposes of the assessment. Part 2 also allows you to identify the Performance Expectations that should only be assessed in the classroom.

Additional stakeholders will meet in 2016 to provide feedback on the working drafts of the elementary, middle, and high school test blueprints.

Click on the following link(s) to complete the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards Test Map Survey(s) before 5 p.m. on October 8th:  

Elementary School Survey:

Middle School Survey: