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The Science Teacher—September/October 2022

Volume 90, Number 1
Alternative Assessments in the Science Classroom
When I say “assessments,” what immediately comes to your mind? Tests, quizzes, and exams? Does it always have to be that way?
As you know, there are two main categories of assessments. Summative assessments exist to evaluate students’ prowess on concepts at the end of a unit, semester, or course. Formative assessments, on the other hand, occur in real time, day-after-day. Formative assessments occur via exit tickets, lab work, discussions and questioning during class, observing students’ progress as they investigate something from the natural world, or from our “reading” the students’ nonverbal language.

Journal Article

The Science Symposium

By Anna Kiley, David Jones, Carolyn Hester, Michael Coe, and Tony Ward

Assessment Environmental Science Inquiry Literacy Research

Journal Article

Career of the Month: Astronomer

Astronomers study objects that are outside of the Earth’s realm, such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies. Chris Carilli is an astronomer at the...

By Luba Vangelova

High School Astronomy Careers

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