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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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Uncovering Parent’s and Children’s Ideas in Science
 

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The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

New in 2020! Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more. A key aspect of learning in K–12 education is the idea that what stu...

 

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Student Lab Manual for Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 2: Electricity and Magnetism Lab Investigations for Grades 9–12

Are you interested in a three-dimensional approach to helping your high school physics students learn the practices of science, including constructing...

 

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Constructive Error Climate: A Classroom Assessment Technique in Science Classes

Although making errors in the learning process is common, it is usually perceived by students as something negative and a potential threat to self-e...

 

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Assessment in the Science Classroom
 

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Peeking Inside Plants

In the Peeking Inside Plants eBook, learners explore plant structures (stems, leaves, flowers, roots, and fruit) in order to build an argument about h...

 

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Model, Assess, Repeat!
 

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Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 2: Electricity and Magnetism Lab Investigations for Grades 9–12

New in 2020! Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more....

 

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Uncovering Student Ideas About Engineering and Technology: 32 New Formative Assessment Probes

New in 2020! Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more. Have you been wondering how well your students understand engineering ...

 

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“Doing” Science vs. “Doing” Engineering
 

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The Science Teacher—February 2020

The word assessment conjures up many questions for science teachers. Is it a necessary evil? When is it helpful and beneficial? What is lost during th...

 

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Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Three-Dimensional Standards, Research, and Practice, Second Edition

Scientific literacy for all students requires a deep understanding of the three dimensions of science education: disciplinary content, scientific and ...

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