Assessment for the Next Generation Science Standards

Joan Herman
Joan Herman is Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Her research has explored the effects of testing on schools and the design of assessment systems to support school planning and instructional improvement. Her recent work focuses on the validity and utility of teachers' formative assessment practices and the assessment of deeper learning She also has wide experience as an evaluator of school reform.


Dr. Herman is noted in bridging research and practice. Among her books are Turnaround Toolkit; and A practical Guide to Alternative Assessment, both of which have been popular resources for schools across the country. A former teacher and school board member, Dr. Herman also has published extensively in research journals and is a frequent speaker to policy audiences on evaluation and assessment topics. She is past president of the California Educational Research Association; has held a variety of leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association, National Organization of Research Centers, and Knowledge Alliance; and is a frequent contributor at the National Academy of Education. Dr. Herman is current editor of Educational Assessment, serves on the Joint Committee for the Revision of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, and chairs the Board of Education for Para Los Niños.



Nancy Butler Songer
Nancy Butler Songer is a Professor of Science Education and Learning Technologies in the School of Education at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Center for Essential Science. Her research is focused in three areas: (1) “re-purposing for learning” existing professional modeling, visualization and other computer-based resources utilized by professional scientists into powerful learning tools for students, (2) addressing 4-10th grade urban students’ underperformance in science through the design and evaluation of curricular units and emerging technologies focused on core content fused with science practices, and (3) designing and evaluating assessments to measure complex learning in science.


She has a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Molecular/ Developmental Biology from Tufts University, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. She was awarded a Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President William J. Clinton in 1996 and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.




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