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Usable Assessments for Teaching Science Content and Inquiry Standards

by: 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.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 1/1/2006Stock # PB204X_6

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