Designing Assessments with the Standards: Using the standards to create learning goals and assessment toolsby: Carole Stearns and Rosalea Courtney

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As teachers make the transition to inquiry-centered science, they discover a need for new assessments. In response to this need, a group of 125 elementary teachers embarked on a three-year investigation of science assessment. This project was a component of the professional development provided by the Partnership for Systemic Change, which includes the Rahway, Linden, and Readington Township Public Schools in New Jersey; the North Penn School District in Pennsylvania; and the Merck Institute for Science Education. The following examples include assessments that teachers designed to determine whether students were achieving the K–4 earth materials standards.

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  • on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:23 PM

This article explains how teacher in elementary grades developed their assessments based on standards for specific grade levels. A variety of assessments are discussed and examples are provided. Although the assessment examples can be modified and adapted for use, this article does not clearly explain how to transfer this process to your own school.

Patricia  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)

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