On average, I teach science
I am sure the science content I am teaching is appropriate because
The role assessments play in my science program is
a. Frustrating—I do my best to deliver good instruction, the average results are so low on the state test that I end up looking bad.
Instruction: a. 3–5 times a week throughout the year
Science is a core subject and vitally important to the future of all students. The recommended amount of time for science is one period daily.
Curriculum: d. I use the provided materials, but I'm constantly looking for evidence that the students are developing understanding of the important concepts.
Most school districts go through a lengthy and exacting process to choose instructional materials that are aligned with the state standards. When teachers implement these recommendations, they need to make sure the students are developing the skills and knowledge to demonstrate that they understand the science content.
Assessment: b. Crucial—looking at their work is the best way for me to know when to move on.
The other statements can certainly be true, but research in raising student achievement is clear that formative assessment (in the classroom) makes a big, positive difference.
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