NGSS Assessments



The NGSS Science Assessment will be administered in Grades 5, 8 and 11 in the Spring of 2018.  

Testing Windows

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment Field Test  

  • March 26-May 25, 2018
    (Grade 11)
  • April 30-May 25, 2018
    (Grades 5 and 8)

NGSS Alternate Assessment Field Test  

  • April 30-May 25, 2018
    (Grades 5, 8 and 11)

The USDOE approved Connecticut's waiver request related to statewide student assessment in science.  As a result, in spring 2018, the Connecticut State Department of Education will only administer a NGSS Assessment Field Test for both science standard and alternate assessments.  More information about the science waiver and approval can be found in the Science Waiver Approval and Revised Assessment Calendar correspondence.   

More information about the 2018 Field Test for the standard assessment and alternate assessment will be released and posted on the Connecticut Comprehensive Portal as it is released.  

NGSS Standard Assessment Field Test

Sample Smarter Balanced/NGSS Parent Letter for 2018 Testing (Spanish Version)

NGSS Alternate Assessment Field Test

Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment Field Test - March 16, 2018

NGSS Alternate Assessment Field Test Update - February 13, 2018

  NGSS Alternate Assessment Field Test - Essence Statements - by grade

  NGSS Alternate Assessment Field Test - Essence Statements - by storyline

NGSS Alternate Assessment Field Test Webinar Recording, Q and A and PowerPoint - February 16, 2018

Sample Alternate Assessment Parent Letter for 2018 Testing

Test Administration Resources

The Connecticut State Department of Education Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal provides access to test administration resources for the the NGSS Science Assessment (including the Science Alternate) test.