Usable Assessments for Teaching Science Content and Inquiry Standardsby: Christopher J. Harris, Katherine L. McNeill, David J. Lizotte, Joseph Krajcik, and Ronald W. Marx

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This chapter reports on an approach to developing middle school science assessments using a learning-goals-driven design model. The design process for creating usable assessments that are aligned with curriculum and important science content and inquiry learning standards is described, as is the use of rubrics as an assessment tool. Evidence from the enactment of a middle school chemistry unit shows the initial success of the work reported on, as well as lessons learned from the real-world environment of an urban science classroom.

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  • on Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:20 PM

I really liked the examples of the rubric. I also found it helpful when the evidence and opinion student responses were shared. The soap activity was a perfect example and something anyone can do in their class.

Jennifer Basalari
Jennifer Basalari

  • on Fri May 27, 2011 8:12 AM

This was an interesting account of how the authors developed a 7th grade inquiry-based chemistry unit using Wiggins & McTighe’s backward design model, aligning the unit with the national standards. I’ve always tried to combine backward design with the 5E model. I particularly liked the explanation rubric that was presented and the account of how an actual teacher implemented their curriculum in her classroom. They followed the learning of three students, giving examples of their assessments and evaluating what their understanding and what they had and had not learned. I will use the explanation rubric idea in my classroom.

Kathy Sparrow  (Delray Beach, FL)
Kathy Sparrow (Delray Beach, FL)

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