Seamless Assessment in Science: A Guide for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

NSTA Press Book

When you open your science classroom to inquiry-based learning you must align your curriculum to assessment strategies that mirror the investigatory spirit, rather than rely solely on traditional, end-of-unit tests that eschew process for product. Seamless Assessment in Science introduces assessment strategies that parallel inquiry-driven instruction and offer a variety of options and entry points.

Seamless Assessment in Science is your one-stop guide for assessing students’ learning. Working with the popular 5E model as an instructional framework, Sandra Abell and Mark Volkmann have designed accompanying methods for embedding formative and summative assessment throughout any science unit. They’ve tested their ideas in real classrooms. Seamless Assessment in Science includes thirteen vignettes, written by practicing teachers in a variety of settings where assessment isn’t merely a test, but an opportunity for students to share what they’ve learned. You’ll observe inquiry-driven classrooms in action as primary, intermediate, and middle level students tackle topics in the life, physical, and earth sciences.

Aligned with the National Science Standards, full of research-based strategies and ready to work in your science classroom, Seamless Assessment in Science is so practical it will find a permanent home next to your planning book. Read Seamless Assessment in Science and find great ideas for assessment that complement inquiry-based instruction.

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  • on Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:10 PM

I use this book as one of the resources in my professional development program-- it really resonates with teachers!

Deborah Hanuscin  (Columbia, MO)
Deborah Hanuscin (Columbia, MO)

  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:41 AM

I'm a state science facilitator for Missouri and this is the best book on formative assessment to use with the 5-E learning cycle. It's an easy read and full of usable information.

Shelley Campbell  (New London, MO)
Shelley Campbell (New London, MO)

  • on Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:40 AM

This book was a good resource. I would recommend the book to any teacher who is not all that familiar with the 5 E learning cycle. The book gives great examples and its a pretty easy read.

Kortni N  (Barnard, MO)
Kortni N (Barnard, MO)

  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:16 AM

This book is very useful and helpful for teachers who use inquiry-based learning in the classroom. It covers the five essential characteristics of inquiry-based classrooms and assessment strategies for each phase. It was vey helpful to me in stepping up the inquiry-based practice in my classroom.

Molly Z  (Spokane, WA)
Molly Z (Spokane, WA)

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