State Assessments Information:
Assessment Question Banks
AAAS Project 2061 Assessment Tool : The assessment items on this website are the result of more than a decade of research and development by Project 2061, a long-term science education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Here you will find free access to more than 600 items. The items:
This website also includes:
Intended primarily for teachers, these assessment items and resources will also be useful to education researchers, test developers, and anyone who is interested in the performance of middle and high school students in science. View key ideas, items, and misconceptions by browsing the topics.
Maine Department of Education: The Maine Department of Education annually releases 50 percent of the science items on the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for grades 5, 8, and 11. Each year of released items includes a practice test form and answer booklet, in which students can become familiar with format and questions types, and a supplemental scoring guide with samples of student work. Released items are available from 2009.
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System: The question database currently contains released items administered on MCAS Science (1056 items) and Biology (585 items) tests from 2009-2015.
Michigan Online Assessment Tool: This site provides access to released items from various state and national standardized tests. All items have been coded to current Michigan Benchmarks and Assessment Standards. The database contains both multiple choice and constructed response questions as well as ACT questions and can be searched to develop a test built around specific content or assessment standards. After making your selections, a test will be created as an editable Word document.
Other AIR Portals: You will need to go into each portal and choose the appropriate grade to see the tests that are available. Some states have SS, SC, Reading, and Math for all grade levels-others have just ELA and Math for specific grade levels. They all work similar to Ohio’s portal.
Believe In Ohio: A free, complete, and turn-key program from The Ohio Academy of Science that helps high school students prepare for the future incorporating STEM/Business/Career Tech Project and Competition. Program would compliment a career tech program or technical writing course. In addition:
cK12.org: CK-12 provides free and fully customizable K-12 educational resources aligned to state math and science standards and tailored to meet student and teacher needs including free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts. Teachers can create their own resources personalized for their teaching including a digital textbook. https://youtu.be/jbN-fPQnBeQ
Columbus CSD On-Line Curriculum Guides standardize the curriculum and pacing of instruction across their district. It also provides a tremendous resource for other teachers, schools, and districts.
To access the guides:
1. Click on the link above
2. Scroll down to the “Ohio Department of Education – New Learning Standards Website Model Curriculum Resources”
3. For Science Resources
a. Scroll to the Science pull down menu
b. Click on the down arrow which will open a drop down menu. This will open a menu to Model Curriculum and lessons, and pacing guides for each of the four quarters by grade level/subject.
Science Online from INFOhio available to all schools at no charge through INFOhio, for the colorful diagrams that illustrate complicated science and math concepts. Now, in addition to a new streamlined interface, Science Online includes interactive virtual experiments. These come with complete material lists and instructions. Students can complete these in the lab and replicate them virtually. In addition to interactive experiments, teachers and students will find:
Ohio’s Quality Review Rubric: a tool designed to evaluate units that include integrated and focused lessons aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards. The rubric is NOT designed to evaluate a single task or activity, nor does it require a specific lesson or unit template. The goal of this rubric is to help build capacity of educators to select, develop and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.