Assessment

Opening the Door to Physics Through Formative Assessment

The goal of this study was to develop a high school physics course (Energizing Physics, developed by two Boston physics teachers) with an assessment system that has the potential to enable all students to learn how to learn physics, so they can succeed in their first physics course in college.  Objectives of the research were to: 1) develop and test formative assessment activities that are embedded within the instructional program; 2) Create an assessment framework to enable teachers to monitor each student's progress, and enable students to track their own progress; and 3) Test th

Author/Presenter: 
Cary Sneider
Brenda Wojnowski
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Year: 
2013

Strategic Scaffolding for Scientific Inquiry

Though many national and international science organizations stress the importance of integrating scientific inquiry into classroom instruction, this is often difficult for teachers. Moreover, assessing and scaffolding inquiry skills for students can be even more of a challenge. This paper investigated the student performances in an inquiry-based, situated virtual environment assessment and their descriptions of the experience in a strategically scaffolded conversation that followed it.

Author/Presenter: 
Angela Shelton
Uma Natarajan
Catherine Willard
Tera Kane
Diane Jass Ketelhut
Catherine Schifter

Improving Science Assessments by Situating Them in a Virtual Environment

Current science assessments typically present a series of isolated fact-based questions, poorly representing the complexity of how real-world science is constructed. The National Research Council asserts that this needs to change to reflect a more authentic model of science practice. We strongly concur and suggest that good science assessments need to consist of several key factors: integration of science content with scientific inquiry, contextualization of questions, efficiency of grading and statistical validity and reliability.

Author/Presenter: 
Diane Jass Ketelhut
Brian Nelson
Catherine Schifter
Younsu Kim
Year: 
2013
Short Description: 

Current science assessments typically present a series of isolated fact-based questions, poorly representing the complexity of how real-world science is constructed. The National Research Council asserts that this needs to change to reflect a more authentic model of science practice. We strongly concur and suggest that good science assessments need to consist of several key factors: integration of science content with scientific inquiry, contextualization of questions, efficiency of grading and statistical validity and reliability.

Why Formative Assessment?

Author/Presenter: 
Kathy Paget
Year: 
2013
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In this short text, the power of formative assessment as a teaching tool is detailed, and examples of opportunities for formative assessment within Foundation Science Biology proposed, for Learning Experiences (LE) 2, 3 and 4.

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