Achieve webinar Nov. 21: Evaluating cognitive complexity in assessments

With the widespread adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards and similar three-dimensional science standards, science education leaders are engaged in the difficult work of developing new assessments to measure learning under new standards. New thinking about alignment between these standards and assessments requires new approaches for considering and evaluating cognitive complexity on assessment items and tasks.

Achieve's new science cognitive complexity framework ( offers a new approach to capturing and communicating the complexity of summative assessment items and tasks designed for three-dimensional standards. The framework can be used to ensure that that all learners can make their thinking and abilities visible without compromising the rigor and expectations of the standards. Ultimately, it's a science-specific tool to help ensure that the assessment tasks put in front of students are the ones that matter.

To learn more about the framework and how to use it, we encourage you to join us for a webinar presented by Aneesha Badrinarayan, Director of Special Projects & Initiatives at Achieve and Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, Associate Professor at Florida State University on November 21, 2019 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET. You can register at; if you're unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted online.

We also invite you to join us for an NGSS Twitter Chat on November 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm ET, where we'll be discussing the cognitive complexity framework. Use the hashtag #NGSSchat to join the conversation!

In learning,
The Achieve Team