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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 to th...

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Performance Assessment as Part of Efficient, Effective, and Equitable Instructional Practice

Since the release of the NGSS, science classrooms across the United States have shifted science learning away from a focus on decontextualized facts a...


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The Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning in Teaching Quantitative Reasoning With Ternary Diagrams in a Science Class

Quantitative reasoning, although included in most science courses, can be challenging to teach. In this article, we explore whether cooperative learni...


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Assessing Student Success in a Peer Assisted Learning Program Using Propensity Score Matching

The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program at Sacramento State was established in 2012 with one section supporting introductory chemistry. The program n...


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Using the Critical Response Process for Kinder, More Constructive Peer Review in Science Seminar Courses

Existing processes for academic peer review can yield unnecessarily harsh critiques that focus on any vulnerability rather than constructive feedback ...


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40 Years of Inspiring Students to Explore STEM: What Has Science Olympiad Learned?

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Heat Maps as a Fun and Instructive Way to Gauge Student Perceptions on Skill Development

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Freebies and Opportunities for Science and STEM Teachers, June 27, 2023

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Linking Formative Assessment Probes to the Explore-Before-Explain Instructional Sequence

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Science Assessments as a Learning Opportunity

Feedback best practices support timely, high-quality feedback with application opportunity. Multiple attempts on assessments support learning gains. A...


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Exploring the Role of Student Seating Preference and Performance in a Large Introductory STEM Course

Most introductory courses are held in large lecture halls, with students typically sitting in either the front, middle, or back of the classroom. In a...


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Issues of Question Equivalence in Online Exam Pools

During the pandemic, the use of question pools for online testing was recommended to mitigate cheating, exposing multitudes of science, technology, en...


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What Can You Do with 77 Formative Assessment Probes Columns?

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