New Science Standards Require New Science Assessments

Twenty-first century success means that students understand and can apply scientific principles and practices to navigate an increasingly technical world. This is the main reason most states have adopted new science standards. Cost, time, and lack of science expertise, however, have prevented many states from adopting a truly three-dimensional science assessment. The misalignment between science curriculum and science assessment means students are taught to one standard and assessed by another, undermining educators’ efforts to deepen instruction and focus on critical inquiry and application.

The New Meridian Science Exchange addresses this gap, providing a better way for states to rapidly develop high-quality science assessments aligned to three-dimensional science standards.

Science Exchange: A Sensible Approach to Science Assessment

“Good enough” is not good enough to ensure a scientifically literate workforce. To be meaningful, science assessments must closely align to multi-dimensional standards like those set out in the NGSS and other three-dimensional science standards. In addition, these assessments must provide educators with valuable data that measures student understanding and indicates the areas where students need the most support. 

The New Meridian Science Exchange removes the high cost and operational barriers of three-dimensional assessment by providing states with trusted partnership, science expertise, and a sensible sharing solution that leverages shared content that has undergone rigorous quality assurance review. The result is a program that costs less while providing the highest quality assessments to measure student knowledge and skills.

The Heart Of The Science Exchange = A Trusted Partnership

Our industry leading review process combined with top science assessment leaders and expert assessment management ensures that states will never need to navigate the complexities of three-dimensional science assessments alone

How It Works

The New Meridian Science Exchange is a flexible solution that measures the true depth of science learning. It enables states to securely license, contribute, and exchange science assessment items, increasing the supply of operationally ready test questions that are aligned to three-dimensional science standards.


The New Meridian Science Exchange makes immediate sense. States can maximize their investment in science assessment by contributing their existing items to our secure item bank in return for royalties and a comprehensive report on the quality and alignment of their science items.

Sharing is risk free. Our item bank is consistently monitored for unauthorized use and exposure, ensuring a secure environment at all times. Our team is committed to safeguarding sharing and certifying that all aspects, including bank transfers and royalty management, run smoothly and efficiently.

Comprehensive Item Reporting

Allows contributing states to fully understand their science assessment content, which helps promote the ongoing development of higher-quality science assessment.

Science Expertise

Access to industry-leading science experts supports contributors' future science assessment design and development.


The New Meridian Science Exchange is a powerful solution for states that strive for the best science assessment but may not have the budget or experts to do so. States can license test items with confidence that they have been vetted for fairness, bias, sensitivity, multi-dimensional performance, cognitive complexity, and technical quality.


States don’t have to break their budget or sacrifice quality in order to assess scientific understanding as outlined in new three-dimensional science standards.


Leveraging ready-made content is the fastest way for states to enhance their science assessment to be better aligned to their science standards to ensure coherence in their science education programs.

Science Expertise

Access to industry leading science experts ensures that states receive high-quality content based on specific blueprint needs.

“I’m proud to be a part of expanding equity in science education by streamlining access to high-quality science assessment content and science experts”

Chris Lazarro, Ph.D., Director of Science Assessments

Start Creating High-Quality Science Assessment

Contact us today to learn more about what it’s like to partner with New Meridian on creating your next three-dimensional science assessment.