Welcome to the VPA Project


The Virtual Performance Assessment Project, also known as VPA, is a research project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  We are developing virtual performance assessments to assess middle school students' science inquiry and process skills. 

The virtual assessments are delivered via technology that has the look and feel of a videogame; yet, is purposefully designed to support student experimentation and scientific reasoning.

In the VPA, students take on the identiy of an avatar (see picture on left) and can walk around the environment, make observations, gather data, and solve a scientific problem within a context.

As of May 1, 2013, the Virtual Assessment Project is complete. Please check back for further updates.

The Virtual Assessment Project is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (Grant# R305A080141) and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the researchers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute of Education Sciences or The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.