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In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class shines a Spotlight on Assessment. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the elementary and middle level versions of Science Class, please click on the links at left.


Assessment in today's education system has to determine so much: Are students meeting new federal guidelines detailed in No Child Left Behind? Are the teachers' adequately covering the material assessed by standardized tests? Are students really "getting it?" It's no wonder if you are overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated. We've chosen to focus this issue on how teachers are managing to keep it all together including their testing requirements, their curriculum guidelines, and their passion for teaching.

Read on to 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

Nowhere is the conflict about assessment more evident than in today's headlines. This month's news stories report that national indicators are not in agreement about what students are achieving, that big states are better at monitoring standards, and that exit exams are here to stay.

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

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Assessment on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members read "Student Poster Sessions." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword from this issue is:

Intertidal Zones: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=926356991033104435

NSTA Articles on Assessment

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to assessment.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view a list of books from the NSTA Catalog that deal with assessment.


Click here to view the newest titles from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

Effective professional development is seen as increasingly vital to school success and teacher satisfaction. With schools today facing an array of complex challenges—from working with an increasingly diverse population of students, to integrating new technology in the classroom, to meeting rigorous academic standards and goals—observers have stressed the need for teachers to be able to enhance and build on their instructional knowledge. (Education Week on the Web)

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NSTA Opportunities

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12

The NSTA/Children's Book Council Joint Book Review Panel selected the outstanding trade books of 2003.

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Submit a Manuscript to The Science Teacher

For its first-ever summer issue, The Science Teacher is seeking manuscripts that describe new and creative ideas for the secondary science classroom.

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Coming Your Way: A Summer Issue of The Science Teacher

You told us that you have more time for reading and planning in the summer months, so we are mailing our first-ever summer issue of The Science Teacher in July.

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How to Write for The Science Teacher

Interested in becoming a published author but not quite sure how to go about it? Writing for one of NSTA's peer-reviewed journals is a great way to share your experience with your colleagues and to enhance your resume at the same time.

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Next Month's Theme:

Interpreting Evidence

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