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PLI #5

National Conference in Atlanta • March 22-25, 2023

Full Day Workshop

Designing Equitable, 3D, Curriculum-Anchored Assessments


Preconference • Wednesday, March 22 • 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Facilitators: Katie Van Horne, Aneesha Badrinarayan, Sara Cooper, and Dawn Novak


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About the Session

Have you wanted to develop three-dimensional assessments that connect to your curriculum and standards and are coherent to your students? Come join us and work together to design a prototype for a classroom task you can try out with your students using our new NGSS Task Design Workbook. Using lessons we have learned over 10 years of designing NGSS assessments, we will highlight the key elements of 3D assessment design—like problematizing phenomena, centering sense-making, ensuring tasks truly assess your targets at grade-level, and accessibility features that allow all students to make their thinking visible— that distinguish high quality assessments. These high-leverage components of task development will prepare you to adapt and design assessment tasks that center your students and engage them in using the 3Ds for sensemaking. Follow up sessions during the conference will dig deeper into the development and use of 3D assessments, providing useful feedback to students, lessons learned from pilot schools currently developing curriculum aligned assessments, and tangible resources to use with your students.

Facilitator Bios
Katie Van Horne

Katie Van Horne, Ph.D. is a learning scientist and an independent researcher. She has worked designing instructional materials and assessment systems for multiple projects including OpenSciEd and Inquiry Hub. She currently supports states and their work around instructionally relevant assessment systems with the Learning Policy Institute. Katie can be reached at

Aneesha Badrinarayan

Aneesha Badrinarayan is the Director of Assessment at the Learning Policy Institute where she supports the development of innovative state and federal assessment system policy and practice. Prior to LPI, Aneesha served as the Director of Special Initiatives at Achieve, where she led implementation efforts for the Next Generation Science Standards with a focus on instructionally relevant assessment systems designed for three-dimensional science standards. Aneesha can be reached at

Sara Cooper

Sara Cooper is the coordinator for joint projects with CU Boulder’s science curriculum and assessment teams and the Learning Policy Institute’s State Performance Assessment Learning Community. Current projects include; District Assessment Toolkit for Student-Centered Assessment Systems, 5D Master’s Assessment Course, Washington’s Equitable, Curriculum-Anchored Assessment System, and iHub assessment development. She has over fifteen years of experience as an educator in formal and informal settings ranging from elementary to college-level and is a former state department of education science specialist. Sara can be reached at

Dawn Novak

Dawn Novak is a Curriculum and Assessment Development Specialist. She currently is part of a curriculum aligned assessment development team working with multiple states to develop equitable 3 dimensional assessments and also leads a development team in the OpenSciEd Developers Consortium to develop professional learning experiences for high school teachers. Dawn has helped write multiple OpenSciEd middle school units as well as a couple of high school units. Dawn has been leading NGSS professional development workshops across the country. Prior to her current position, she taught middle school math and science and served as a science instructional coach. Dawn earned her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and her EdM in Curriculum and Instruction. Dawn can be reached at


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Conference Course

A conference course is a series of sessions—presented by a group of leading experts in an intentional order—to deepen your knowledge of effective research-based approaches about a specific topic. Conference courses are complimentary to all registered attendees. Attendees who complete a conference course earn a completion certificate, which can be submitted for clock hours or continuing education credits.


Conference Course



Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Aligned to What? Assessment Systems that are “Born” Instructionally Relevant

Speakers: Sara Cooper

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lessons Learned in 3D Assessment Development

Speakers: Aneesha Badrinarayan

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Sensemaking First: Designing Assessments to Elicit 3D Sensemaking

Speakers: Sara Cooper

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The Importance of Students Engaging in Problematizing in 3D Assessments for Sensemaking

Speakers: Sara Cooper

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

The Multiple Paths of Equitable Assessment

Speakers: Aneesha Badrinarayan and Dawn Novak

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Exit Ticket Design Sprint - Prioritizing Student Experience in 3D Learning

Speakers: Katie Van Horne and Dawn Novak



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