NSTA Virtual Conference

Assessing Three-Dimensional Learning


On October 21, 2017, dozens of educators nationwide took part in this live, 4-hour virtual conference to learn about three-dimensional assessment. Educators know that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and standards like them are leading to major changes in classroom instruction. Effective assessment is integral to the three-dimensional learning and teaching needed to realize the vision set forth in the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the NGSS. Various presenters, experts in the area of three-dimensional assessment, shared information and experience with participating educators.

The goals of the virtual conference were for participants to be able to:

  • Construct an explanation of how three-dimensional assessments are different than traditional assessments.
  • Communicate a process for developing three-dimensional assessment tasks.
  • Analyze assessment tasks to determine if they effectively measure learning of all three dimensions.
  • Describe how states are addressing the need for three-dimensional assessments.

Here are some comments from educators who attended the conference:

  • The virtual conference gave me ideas to incorporate in my units/lessons. I feel confident in being able to do small improvements to eventually have some excellent assessments."
  • The CHAT discussions were a great opportunity to see what the concerns/opinions are of educators around the country. It was also interesting to see how the idea of phenomena is being integrated into assessment."
  • What I enjoyed the most was being able to learn information that is not available to me in my district. I was on a different path – the virtual conference set me straight."
  • I liked the opportunity of being able to engage in a strong learning opportunity without extensive travel."

Learn more about the virtual conference's presenters and agenda.

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org