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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Assessment. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the elementary version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/member_elementary.htm, and to view the high school version, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/member_high.htm. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/member_middle.htm.


Today's education system relies heavily on assessment; some say too much. Are students meeting the 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

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

News stories selected for this month's theme discuss the various challenges associated with assessing students.

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Assessment on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "Formative Assessment Probes: Uncovering Students' Ideas in Science." The link to that article is:


NSTA Articles on Assessment

The following NSTA journal articles provide provide several examples of how the emphasis on assessment is affecting how science educators teach in their classrooms.

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Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this
issue—Assessment. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA press, visit:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:


Professional Development

American eighth graders—especially African American students—showed significant gains in both science and math over the last 10 years, while scores for U.S. fourth graders remained relatively flat in both subjects, says the 2003 Trends in International Math and Science Study—commonly known as TIMSS. Read the TIMSS At-A-Glance at http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/TIMSS_Glance.htm, the NSTA press release at http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-01/press.htm, or go to http://www.timss.org.

Global Science Teaching

India's Troubling Truants: Teachers (The Christian Science Monitor)

This article highlights the effects of a problem in many countries—teachers who do not report to work.


NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science Scope (Grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:


The NSTA Online Convention Scheduler

Convention-goers can make the most of their time at the convention in Dallas with NSTA’s improved online convention scheduler.


Next Month's Theme:

Force and Motion

NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at: http://www.nsta.org/timeline.

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