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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 Science Inquiry
Assessment of science inquiry

Chapter 3 has introduced an approach to developing an end-of-unit test. The approach starts with creating a test grid that represents the intended learning outcomes to be assessed and the required type and number of test questions. A test grid provides a test blueprint for developing a test. Chapter 3 has also introduced various guidelines for writing high-quality multiple-choice and constructed-response questions, as well as methods for developing differentiated assessment. However, summative assessment entails more than paper-and-pencil tests that consist of multiple-choice and constructed-response questions; other forms of tests are also needed to best assess other types of learning outcomes in science, such as science inquiry. This chapter introduces techniques for assessing student science achievement related to science ...

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