NGSS Assessment

This page provides resources for administering the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment.


  • The Connecticut Department of Education (CSDE) is preparing to conduct standard setting in the summer of 2019 for the NGSS Assessment and the Connecticut Science Alternate Assessment (CTAS).  This is a required activity as this Spring will be the first live administration of these two new assessments.  The standard setting process involves a committee review of test items and student performance data in order to make recommendations for score ranges for the four performance levels.  The CSDE is currently recruiting Connecticut educators to participate in committees needed for each grade (grades 5, 8 and 11) and for each test.  The details of the meetings are below.


    NGSS Assessment

    Dates and Time

    July 29 and 30, 2019 (8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

    July 31, 2019 and August 1, 2019 (8 a.m. – 5:00p.m.)


    The Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell, CT

    Commitment Time

    Committee members will only be selected for the NGSS Assessment Committee or the CTAS Committee.  Committee members will need to commit to both days for each meeting.

    Required Qualifications

    Committee members should be very familiar with the NGSS content as well as with the assessment.


    Committee members will receive $300 as an honorarium.


    Below is a survey link in which participants can apply for this activity.  Applicants should complete the survey by May 1, 2019.  Committee participants will be selected by May 20, 2019.  All applicants will be notified of their application status shortly after May 20, 2019.  Applicants should carefully consider their availability before applying as participation is very important once selected. 

    Added April 4, 2019
  • On February 4, 2019, the NGSS Grade 11 assessment window opens.

    New designated supports for English learners participating in the NGSS include the Spanish Translation tool and the embedded Text-to-Speech in Spanish.  While these supports can be entered into TIDE now, they will not be available to testers until February 11, 2019.  Please make note of this if your district is scheduled to test next week.  If you have students who qualify for these designated supports, please consider postponing their test session until February 11 or a later date.

    Added January 31, 2019
  • The updated Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)  practice and training tests are now available. Students and Test Administrators can access these tests on the CSDE Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal.

    Added January 28, 2019

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