The Virtual Performance Assessment Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is a research project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The purpose of our research is to develop and test the feasibility of using virtual performance assessments for assessing science inquiry.

We are looking for schools across the United States to participate in our research between December 12th and June 30th. We need large numbers of students to take two of our assessments on non-consecutive days so that we can ensure that our assessments are reliable and feasible to implement in a school setting. Students are provided 45 minutes to complete each assessment.

If you are a 7th, 8th or 9th grade teacher and are interested in participating in this project, please fill out our interested teacher form. After completing this form, teachers and/or schools will be invited to participate in a webinar to learn more about how to administer the assessment.

For more information about the VPA project see:


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.