The Professional Development Indexer helps you diagnose your needs in specific science content areas and provide suggestions of NSTA e-PD resources and opportunities you may want to consider as you plan your professional development (PD). The Indexer does not assign a grade or present a score to the questions you answer, but saves a list of recommended resources for later review.
This paper presents a detailed description of the procedures employed by NSTA to develop valid and reliable PD Indexer content-specific multiple-choice assessment items:
Developing a Web-Based Mechanism for Assessing Teacher Science Content Knowledge Journal of Science Teacher Education, 22 (1), March 2011. Authors: Byers, A.; Koba, S.; Sherman, G.; Scheppke, J.; Bolus, R.
You have two options for indexing your PD needs. First, you may review all of the content areas across any of the three science disciplines provided: physical, life, or earth and space science by clicking the "Diagnose All Subjects" button with a specific discipline. This will present you with five questions randomly selected from each content area for that discipline. Or, you may select one or more content areas within a discipline by checking the appropriate boxes and then selecting the "Diagnose Selected Subjects" button. This will present 10 questions from each science content area selected.
You must be logged in to use the Professional Development Indexer. Use the login on the left. If you are not a registered user, you may create an account to review the entire NSTA digital collection. The account is FREE, confidential, and only requires your name, email and a password.