Science

Science education in Vermont is currently centered on the new Science Grade Expectations, which are anchored to the Vermont Framework of Standards & Learning Opportunities. (See NOTE) The domains of science addressed by these documents include Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science the Human Body and Earth/Space Science. Assessment of student understanding of these domains is accomplished through statewide assessment, as well a continuation of ongoing local and classroom assessments. Professional development through the Vermont Professional Development Network in Science guide teachers to establish connections between the Science Grade Expectations and these assessment strategies.


New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

Item & Bias NECAP Science Review (August 7 & 8, 2014)

The Vermont Agency of Education is pleased to announce two different opportunities for science teachers and other educators to participate in the on-going development of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science Assessment on August 7th & 8th at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe, VT. Selected participants will either be reviewing items or taking part in the bias and sensitivity review of each test item.

2014 NECAP Science Test Webinar

This one hour NECAP Science Webinar features staff from Measured Progress (the testing contractor) presenting detailed information about the administration of the NECAP Science Assessment. This is a good opportunity for test coordinators and teachers who will be administrating this assessment in grades four, eight and eleven to review the assessment. For teachers in grade 4, there will be directions in presenting the inquiry task, and what they might need to prepare for the task before hand.

NECAP Assessment Results

The NECAP reading, writing, mathematics and science tests measure students' academic knowledge and skills relative to Grade Expectations which were developed by teams of teachers from Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. View the most recent data reports.

NECAP Resources

Use this link for information and links to practices tests, released test items, manuals and workshop materials for reading, writing, mathematics and science, as well as other resources such as tip sheets, hundreds tables, multiplication charts, scoring guides, alignment charts, target documents, test taking strategies, unifying themes, etc.

Surveys of Enacted Curriculum(SEC) Facilitator Toolkit

The SEC are practical, efficient tools for obtaining classroom data about math, science or literacy teaching. Online surveys completed by teachers produce visual maps of instruction that can be compared to the Vermont Grade Expectations. The surveys can also provide instructional data to investigate in relation to NECAP results. The following materials are provided to help facilitators develop understanding of the Survey content, levels of cognitive complexity, and data analysis:

Questions?

Gail Hall, Middle-High School Science, at gail.hall@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1284

Kathy Renfrew, K-5 Science, at kathy.renfrew@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1448

Page Last Updated on July 9, 2014