Frequently Asked Questions about Montana Science Interims
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Frequently Asked Questions about Montana Science Interims

When is the Montana Science Interim testing window?

The Montana Science Interim testing window is scheduled for September 12, 2022 to May 26, 2023.

Which grades can take the interim Montana Science Assessments?

Grades 5, 8, and 11.

How are the science interims organized?

The science interims are organized by grade band and offered as single-item Performance Expectations (PE) or by Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI). Single-Item PEs are offered with each standalone item or cluster addressing a specific Performance Expectation. Testlets by DCI are offered as with each testlet addressing an NGSS-defined Disciplinary Core Idea. Each testlet may include 1-3 items and/or clusters. For more information on test administration refer to the Montana Interim Assessments Test Administration Manual.

How can the science interims be used and administered?

The Montana Science Interims provide educators with the opportunity to assess students on NGSS-based concepts throughout the school year. These optional assessments may be used formatively to support instruction within the classroom, as well as familiarize students with the online testing system and test format in preparation for summative assessments. These tests may be administered via the secure browser or supported web browser. For more information on test administration refer to the Montana Interim Assessments Test Administration Manual.

How many times can my students take the science interims?

Student can take the science interims as many as they want. However, teachers should be aware the interim assessments are fixed-form tests and repeated exposure to and familiarity with test questions may not provide an accurate indicator of student performance and knowledge over time.

Is there any hand scoring required for the science interims?

No hand scoring is required for the science interims.

When can I see my student scores for the science interims?

Scores should be available within the Reporting System immediately after testing.

Will the science interim assessments be available through the Science Summative Assessment testing window?

Yes. The interim assessments are available throughout the summative testing windows.

Do students need to download the Secure Browser to take the Science Interim Assessments?

No. Interim assessments are available for administration via the secure browser as well as a supported web browser.

Are the Interim Assessments mandatory?

Science interim assessments are optional, and are intended to support classroom instruction during the school year.