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Since its inception in the mid-1980s, the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) at the Lawrence Hall of Science (University of California-Berkley) has developed an array of “issue-oriented” instructional and assessment materials that meet the recommendations of major reform efforts and the expectations of schools. Students gather scientific evidence during guided investigations and apply the evidence during the discussions, debates, role plays, and other activities related to societal or personal issues (Their and Nagle 1994). In order to assess students’ higher-level thinking, decision-making, and process skills, a new type of assessment system was necessary. In collaboration with the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) group at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Education, SEPUP developed an embedded, authentic assessment system. This free selection from Assessment in Science: Practical Experiences and Education Research includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index.