Assessment of Afterschool Science

A new report, Game-Changers and the Assessment Predicament in Afterschool Science, authored by Gil G. Noam and Ashima M. Shah, discusses the importance of the afterschool science field developing indicators and assessment tools. The authors present four 'game-changers' that make assessment in afterschool science critical: new expectations for afterschool programs related to teaching content; a shift in the way science is being taught; increased collaboration among organizations to pool resources and expertise; and the demand for outcomes data by funders. The report makes a strong case for developing common assessments for afterschool science, acknowledges related challenges, and lays out a call to action to move the agenda forward.