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Which questions should I select for my assessment?
Which questions should I select for my assessment?

How to use InnerOrbit's NGSS-based question types to build the perfect assessment

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Written by Erin Cooke
Updated over a week ago

Question Types

InnerOrbit offers five question types. Each question type is aligned to 1, 2, or 3 dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards:

  1. Prior Knowledge (1D) – aligned to Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) from the previous grade band

  2. Core Content (1D) – aligned to Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) from the current grade band

  3. Content and Concepts (2D) – aligned to Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) from the current grade band

  4. Content and Practices (2D) – aligned to Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) and Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs) from the current grade band

  5. Sensemaking (3D) – aligned to Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs), and Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs) from the current grade band

For more information on the three dimensions of the NGSS, see this article.

Filtering Questions by Type

The easiest way to find questions is by searching for a standard and filtering by question type(s) on InnerOrbit's "Explore" page.

Choosing Questions for Your Students

We recommend the first assessments of a unit be composed of mostly, if not entirely, one-dimensional questions. This will give the best sense of students' prior knowledge and foundational understanding of the DCIs.

Then, the proportion of two-dimensional questions may gradually increase throughout the unit, leading up to three-dimensional sensemaking questions for the final end-of-unit assessment.

Depending on where you are in your unit, you may also want to modify existing assessments or build custom assessments targeting specific dimensions of the NGSS.

For a more in-depth walkthrough with an example, see the video below.


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