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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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Concept-Based Probes: The Justified List
 

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A Novel Rubric Format for Providing Feedback on Process Skills to STEM Undergraduate Students

To improve student process-skill development, a novel type of rubric was developed that goes beyond a typical analytic rubric by providing detailed fe...

 

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Teaching About How Scientists Work—With a Focus on Claims-Evidence-Reasoning
 

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From the Field: Events and Opportunities, May 18, 2021
 

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Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 9–12: Explore-Before-Explain in Physical Science

Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 9–12 is the one-stop resource that will inspire you to reimagine your approach to high school physical scienc...

 

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Science Portfolios
 

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Starting at the Beginning

This study examines what prior knowledge and misconceptions about evolutionary theory students bring with them into an introductory biological anthrop...

 

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Freebies for Science Teachers, March 30, 2021
 

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2, Second Edition: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes

“Leave no alternative science idea unchallenged!” could be the slogan of this second edition of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2. Lik...

 

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Rethinking the Discussion on ‘Learning Loss’
 

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Students Taught by a First-Time Instructor Using Active-Learning Teaching Strategies Outperform Students Taught by a Highly-Regarded Traditional Instructor

In this paper we put forth a model for physics course reform that uniquely uses proven, research-based active-learning strategies to help students imp...

 

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