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3D assessment: The future is here

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Science  31 Mar 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6332, pp. 1387-1388
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6332.1387-g

Science education reforms for kindergarten through 12th grade focus on three-dimensional learning (3D-L), comprising scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. These reforms also exist in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and faculty interested in bringing 3D-L to their classrooms need a way to assess student learning. Laverty et al. have developed the Three-Dimensional Learning Assessment Protocol (3D-LAP) for use in introductory biology, chemistry, and physics courses at the undergraduate level. The 3D-LAP allows users to characterize the potential of assessment tasks to determine whether students engage with 3D-L and can also be used as a professional development tool for faculty interested in designing new assessments. The 3D-LAP is also ideal for characterizing how assessments change over time with respect to STEM transformation efforts.

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