On the Role and Impact of Formative Assessment on Science Inquiry Teaching and Learningby: Richard J. Shavelson, Yue Yin, Erin M. Furtak, Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo, Carlos C. Ayala, Donald B. Young, Miki K. Tomita, Paul R. Brandon, and Francis M. Pottenger III

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In this chapter, the authors begin by describing what they mean by formative assessment and outline the potential and challenges of trying to implement and study this promising technique for scientific inquiry teaching. Next they describe their study on formative assessment in middle schools, including some mistakes and wrong turns, and their findings when they tested their ideas experimentally. They conclude with future challenges in improving science education with formative assessment.

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