February 2003


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Welcome to Science Class, NSTA's monthly electronic newsletter for science educators. Every month, Science Class features a curriculum topic–in this issue, Assessment–that is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet "SciLinks®," books, and NSTA journal articles, sorted by grade range.

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The emphasis placed on assessment in today's education system affects many aspects of teachers' everyday work. With so many different tests required on the state and national levels to assess student performance, teachers may feel overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated.

We have assembled various educational resources—news and journal articles, books, and websites—to help you gain a better understanding of assessment, its ever-changing role in our education system, and possible alternatives, as you work through the second half of the school year.

Assessment in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

From high-stakes testing to evaluating what to do when students and teachers don't measure up, assessment in education makes the news.

Click here to read the latest:


Assessment on the Net

SciLinks® is an interactive, Web-based service from NSTA that connects your lesson and/or course materials (certain textbooks, NSTA books, and journal articles) with online content chosen just for your selected topics.

Elementary: Assessment


Intermediate: Assessment


High School:  Assessment


Assessment in NSTA Journal Articles

The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to assessment.

Elementary: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-02/elementary.htm

Intermediate: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-02/intermediate2.htm

High School: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-02/high_school.htm

Books on Assessment

Check out these titles from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

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The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) provides a column on how evaluating the data from various assessments can improve learning for all.

Click here to read more:


NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

To learn more, click on the link for the journal of your choice:

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-02/sc.htm

Science Scope (Grades 5–8) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-02/scope.htm

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-02/tst.htm

Meet Author Jennifer Owings Dewey

Jennifer Owings Dewey, author of the award-winning book Paisano, the Road Runner, will be online to answer your questions throughout the month of February.

Click here to log on to the NSTA discussion board:



Next Month's Theme:

Forensic Science

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