Vague NextGen Science Standards creating serious problems as Kentucky struggles with a way to assess them
Other states take note: Kentucky is lead on creating new science assessments
I was present at the Kentucky Board of Education’s “Retreat” meeting yesterday – I think. Or, maybe I was at a meeting back around 1995. It was hard to tell.
The board was discussing how to assess the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards are so vague and unconventional that no-one really has a handle on how – or even if – they can really be assessed. Certainly, the people who wrote the NGSS never thought through the assessment issue (something really good standards writers understand is critical). This lack of attention to detail is creating a lot of problems for the Kentucky Department of Education.
But, that isn’t stopping Kentucky’s educators from trying. Unfortunately, faced with a new set of assessment challenges, many unknowns and no real research thanks to the poorly crafted NGSS, Kentucky’s proposals to cope are mostly a warm-over of old Kentucky Instructional Results Information System (KIRIS) notions. Those KIRIS ideas were tried – and seriously failed – during the 1990s. Click the “Read more” link below to learn how the plans to assess the NGSS in Kentucky seem almost inevitably headed for real trouble.