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Methods and Strategies: Using Learning Progressions to Monitor Progress Across Grades

Science and Children—February 2010

Learning progressions (LPs)—descriptive continuums of how students develop and demonstrate more sophisticated understanding over time—have become an increasingly important tool in today’s science classrooms. Here the author discusses some of the research behind learning progressions and presents The Science Inquiry Profile for PreK–4. This is a tool developed by using available research and hundreds of student work samples, which teachers may find useful in assessing students’ development of inquiry skills.
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