Following are listed key steps in the design and development of the STEM K-12 Indicator on State Science and Mathematics Assessment Policies and the NORC online reporting system.*

2014-15
STEM indicators grantNORC awarded an initial exploratory grant from National Science Foundation to test idea of an indicator on state student assessments in math and science and alignment to content standards.
Research fieldReview of recent research on science and math assessments and reporting on state assessments.
Technical advisersMeeting of 14 technical advisers (research, assessment, state leaders) to identify possible indicators and measures of state assessment policies.
Collect informationInterviews and focus groups with assessment directors, math & science specialists on needs for information and specific indicators of interest.
Design pilot studyDistribute pilot study questions to 10 voluntary participating state education agencies.
Report on pilot resultsProvide results of pilot study to technical advisers, disseminate, and summarize findings in design paper.
2015-16
Proposal to NSFNew 3-year grant proposal submitted to NSF PRIME program to implement an assessment policies reporting system.
Online survey instrumentNORC used advice and input from state education leaders and technical advisers to develop measures of state policies that could be tracked through an online survey.
Cognitive testingQuestions used to collect information from state education agencies tested through cognitive interviews with selected respondents.
Demonstration and reportTwenty (20) state education agencies provided responses to NORC online survey and initial report provided on measures across four categories of reporting: State assessments and uses, Design and administration, Math content alignment, Science content alignment.
2016-17
Analysis and revisionsResults of the first-year implementation of science and math assessment policies reporting reviewed, edits and revisions to the survey and reporting system recommended.
Full online reportingInformation on policy measures in the online reporting system collected for all 50 states and DC using surveys, state websites, and existing research projects with state assessments and standards.
NORC website revised http://stem-assessment.org website fully developed by NORC and disseminated to state education leaders, national education organizations, and science and mathematics educators.
2017-2018
SEAs respond to surveyState education agencies plus the District of Columbia provided responses to NORC online survey providing information on: State assessments and uses, Design and administration, Math content alignment, Science content alignment.
Full online reportingInformation on policy measures in the online reporting system updated for all 50 states and DC using surveys, state websites, and existing research projects with state assessments and standards.
NORC website revised http://stem-assessment.org website updated by NORC and disseminated to state education leaders, national education organizations, and science and mathematics educators.
Proposal to NSFNew 3-year grant proposal submitted to NSF to continue the website, with periodic updates.

*For further information, see Progress Report on Implementation: Development and Implementation of a STEM K-12 Indicator on State Assessment Policies in Science and Mathematics (Blank, R.K., 2017). NORC at the University of Chicago, prepared under NSF PRIME program grant (#1544123). Developing a System for Tracking State Assessment Policies in Science and Mathematics Education.