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A concise science assessment text that helps K–12 teachers master the effective science assessment methods that lead to improved student learning

Presenting both traditional and innovative assessment methods integral to science teaching and learning, Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment shows teachers the connection between effective science assessment and improved student learning. The text uses a competence-based approach consistent with the National Science Education Standards to help teachers master assessment skills, apply them to science classroom instruction, and evaluate their impact on student learning.

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Provides practical examples from both elementary and secondary science classrooms to demonstrate how to design a wide variety of traditional and innovative assessment methods; Presents case scenarios in each chapter that help teachers reflect on the assessment issues they will encounter ...

Assessment of Preconceptions
Assessment of preconceptions

Chapter 1 has developed a conceptual framework of science assessment and explained how science assessment should be an integral part of science instruction. Specifically, Chapter 1 suggests that planning for science assessment should take place at the same time as planning for instruction. This chapter pertains to National Science Education Standards (NSES) Assessment Standard B because knowledge of student preconceptions helps define most appropriate learning outcomes for students to achieve, as well as plan most appropriate learning activities for students to experience. In addition, because student preconceptions are the most important factors affecting student learning, identification of student preconceptions helps create the most important opportunities for students to learn. This chapter develops assessment skills essential for identifying student preconceptions. These ...

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