SPICE takes an integrated approach to curriculum and assessment development. Learning performances serve as both anchors for curriculum sequences and targets for NGSS-aligned formative assessments. The SPICE team is developing embedded assessment tasks aligned with the learning performance statements. These embedded tasks are designed to shape teachers’ instructional decisions by providing formative information about students’ three-dimensional proficiency with the NGSS PE. SPICE provide teachers with observation tools to help them interpret students responses to the assessment tasks and guidance on how to support students on the basis of their responses.

 Screenshot of an Embedded Assessment
An example embedded assessment task assessing students’ ability to develop a model that explains the different in water runoff between a grass surface and a concrete surface. The modeling tool enables students to represent water flow and conservation using arrows.

The SPICE team has also developed a summative assessment addressing the target NGSS PEs of the curriculum unit: 5ESS3-1, 3-5ETS1-1, 3-5ETS1-2, and 3-5ETS1-3. This assessment is being used as a measure of student progress from using SPICE. The team is in the process of collecting validity evidence for the assessment such as student cognitive interviews, expert reviews, and classroom pilot tests.