Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning


Use assessment to inform instruction and learning in the science classroom! Science education expert Page Keeley shares 75 specific techniques that help K–12 science teachers determine students’ understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepen students’ mastery of content and standards. This book describes how each technique promotes student learning; considerations for design and implementation, such as required materials, timing, modeling the technique, and grouping students; modifications for different types of students or purposes; and ways the techniques can be used in other content areas. These flexible assessments can be used with any science curriculum.

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  • on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:39 PM

We are currently re-writing our Science curriculum. We are prioritizing the standards and "unwrapping" the priority standards. We are creating pre/post common formative assessments. However, we have to monitor students' progress throughout to inform our instruction. This book was PERFECT for FACTs to use in the classroom! It was an easy read! And I love the chart that shows which FACT to use during instruction! I highly recommend this book for ALL teachers! Other subject area teachers will find this useful also.

Deanna P  (Orange, CT)
Deanna P (Orange, CT)

  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:37 PM

This is a great book with many wonderful ideas. It will be a great asset to my teaching. I highly recommend this book to all.

Deborah  (Arlington Heights, IL)
Deborah (Arlington Heights, IL)

  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:38 PM

very easy to use. A formative assessment for every possible type of teaching/learning scenario. If you do not want to read through each FACT individually, a chart on page 42-44 is very useful in narrowing down the FACT's that are appropriate for what/how you want to assess. Love this book.

Sara  (Westminster, CO)
Sara (Westminster, CO)

  • on Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:23 PM

I've used these strategies in my PD sessions as exemplary tools for formative assessment-- they're easy and quick. I just wish I could remember all of them!

Annette Brickley  (Bangor, ME)
Annette Brickley (Bangor, ME)

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