Prior to joining WestEd, Dr. Buckley was a research scientist at the Concord Consortium, playing a central role in the Modeling Across the Curriculum Project (IERI #0115699). At TERC, she contributed to the GLOBE and Global Lab projects. Dr. Buckley also serves occasionally as an external evaluator for technology-rich science education projects.
The goal of this project is to develop and validate a middle school physical science assessment strand composed of four suites of simulation-based assessments for integrating into balanced (use of multiple measures), large-scale accountability science testing systems. It builds on the design templates, technical infrastructure, and evidence of the technical quality, feasibility, and instructional utility of the NSF-funded Calipers II project. The evaluation plan addresses both formative and summative aspects.