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Assessments are tools for evaluating student understanding of science content, ability to think critically, the capability to design investigations and analyze results, and the capacity to relate science topics to the real world.

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Seeing Students Learn Science

It is truly an exciting time in science education. Science educators across the country are adapting to a new vision of how students learn science gui...

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The Feedback Loop: Using Formative Assessment Data for Science Teaching and Learning

What really helps your students learn science: Labs? Group work? Certain types of problems or test questions? Something you never even thought about? ...

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science, Volume 1: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes for Grades K–2

Winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award from PreK-12 Learning Group, Association of American Publishers! What ideas do young children bring t...

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Learning Researchers

Formative assessment has been shown to be a critical activity for promoting meaningful understanding in the classroom. Systematic engagement in format...

 

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Challenges for Science Teachers in Using Assessment Effectively With Their Students
 

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Formative Assessment of English Language Proficiency in the Science Classroom

In a linguistically diverse fourth-grade classroom, students carry out an investigation to answer the lesson question: How are we able to see objects?...

 

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Why Does the Moon Look Like That Again?
 

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Using Formative Assessment Probes With Real or Virtual Field Trips
 

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Collaborative Assessments
 

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Student Workbook for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Fifth-Grade Science: Three-Dimensional Investigations

The reproducible student pages in Argument-Driven Inquiry in Fifth-Grade Science have been extracted for your convenience and re-packaged as a classro...

 

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Argument-Driven Inquiry in Fifth-Grade Science: Three-Dimensional Investigations

Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more....

 

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Once Upon a Physical Science Book: 12 Interdisciplinary Activities to Create Confident Readers

Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more. The authors of this book have been in your shoes. These experienced science teachers...

 

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Concept Maps for Structuring Instruction and as a Potential Assessment Tool in a Large Introductory Science Course

Concept maps make connections between ideas apparent, and thus would seem ideally suited to demonstrate learning. Yet, they are not widely used by i...

 

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Measuring Computational Thinking Teaching Efficacy Beliefs of Preservice Elementary Teachers

With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), assessing K–12 science teachers’ self-efficacy in Computational Thinking (CT) ...

 

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Formative Assessment of English Language Proficiency in the Science Classroom

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