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How can InnerOrbit’s Summative Assessments Measure NGSS Proficiency?
How can InnerOrbit’s Summative Assessments Measure NGSS Proficiency?

What are InnerOrbit's Sensemaking Summative Assessments? How can I Find and Assign them? How can I see Student Data? Let's blast off!

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Written by Erin Cooke
Updated over a week ago

This how-to article on InnerOrbit's Sensemaking Summative assessments has three sections:


Section 1: What are InnerOrbit's Sensemaking Summative Assessments?

Sensemaking Summative assessments on InnerOrbit are ready-to-use assessments that are designed to measure student proficiency on a single NGSS standard, known as a performance expectation (PE).

These short assessments contain 4 auto-scored questions:

  • Two 2-dimensional questions that assess the grade-level content knowledge, as well as the Science and Engineering Practice (SEP) or Crosscutting Concept (CCC) components of the NGSS standards

    • "Content and Concepts 2D" green tag

    • "Content and Practices 2D" blue tag

  • Two 3-dimensional questions that challenge students to make sense of the phenomenon by using all three dimensions (learn more about sensemaking here!)

    • "Sensemaking 3D" purple tag

Sensemaking Summatives are best used post-instruction; after a lesson when you are ready to summatively assess mastery.

Specifically, they can be used as a stand-alone summative for a single standard or lesson, or combined to form comprehensive end-of-unit assessments around multiple PEs.


Section 2: How can I Find and Select Sensemaking Summatives?

  1. From the “Build” tab

    1. Use the search bar to type in a standard (ex: MS-LS1-1) or keyword (ex: cells) OR

    2. Use the browse tiles to select a standard.

  2. From the “Assign Pre-Made Assessments” Section, select the tile with the green "Sensemaking Summative" label.

  3. You can then either:

    1. Select “Assign All Questions” using the green button

    2. Scroll down and select specific questions using the "Add to Quiz" button (with the option to modify the question.)

  4. After you make your selections, click "View Your Assessment"on the upper right corner of your screen.

  5. Name and save your assessment before adding additional questions if you wish.

For next steps, check out these articles:


Section 3: How can I View and Use My Students' Data?

3-Dimensional student data is available as soon as your students have completed the assessments. This data can be used to identify gaps in knowledge and misconceptions, or to obtain an overview of how each class is progressing toward proficiency so that you can make informed instructional decisions.

Explore your "Assignments" Report for Student-Level and Question-Level data:

Explore your "Dimensions" Report for Standards-Level data:


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