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Content and Assessment Panel The Oregon Department of Education establishes a number of Content and Assessment panels to assist in the various activities that surround the academic content standards. The panels’ major responsibilities may include the following:

  • Review new field test items for content alignment, estimated difficulty, and grade level appropriateness, for subjects with statewide assessments.
  • Review and provide suggestions for revision (with input from other Oregonians) to the academic content standards, based on the benchmarking of Oregon Standards and assessments with national and international standards.
  • Review and develop materials designed to assist teachers in implementing the academic content standards, performance standards, and/or performance requirements.
  • Evaluate instructional resources matched to the academic content standards.

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Oregon State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the new Oregon 2014 Science Standards. The adoption includes the grade level middle school science standards sequence unanimously recommended by the Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel that was developed under the leadership of the California Science Experts Panel. 

It is important to remember that the new Oregon 2014 Science Standards (NGSS) will be phased in so that districts can implement changes in local curriculum, provide appropriate professional development for teachers and administrators, and provide students with opportunities to learn the content, practices, and cross-cutting concepts prior to assessment. Oregon students will continue to be assessed on the Oregon 2009 Science Content Standards via OAKS Science until a new science assessment that aligns with the newly adopted standards is developed and becomes operational in 2018-2019.

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