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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.

Key Features and Benefits

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 Ongoing Learning
Assessment of ongoing learning

Chapter 3 to 5 have introduced various types of assessment methods aimed at providing evidence of student learning at the end of a unit as well as of that by standardized tests. Also, Chapter 2 has introduced a few techniques to identify student preconceptions to inform planning of a new unit. Planning a unit of science instruction involves making many decisions, such as defining learning objectives, sequencing and designing learning activities, and assessing students both during and at the end of the unit. This chapter focuses on assessment during the unit of instruction.

Assessment is always an integral component of instruction. Assessment conducted during instruction is called formative assessment. The purpose of formative assessment is to monitor ongoing instruction ...

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