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This reference for teachers describes the phases of the evaluation process, assessing student progress, student assessment in science, performance-based evaluation in science, record-keeping, program evaluation, and curriculum evaluation. It contains many "how-tos" for teachers. The reader is guided through the evaluation process phases, which include preparation, assessment, evaluation, and reflection. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This is a checklist designed to help middle school users critically evaluate web resources. By answering the questions in the checklist, students can then assess if the site would be a good one to use for their science research projects. There is a series of "How does it look?" questions and a series of "What did you learn?" questions that challenge students to think critically about what they are ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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These printable worksheets are designed for students to evaluate their own work and for teachers to evaluate student work. Templates included are: anecdotal records, assessing groups, examples of evaluation activities, my groups skills performance, observational rating scale, rating scale for problem solving, and reflecting questions for teacher self-evaluation. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Mathematics
 
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This article describes a multifaceted curriculum for use in earth science classes from secondary school to undergraduate level. The centerpiece of the curriculum is a project-based investigation of greenhouse warming that can be conducted during one or more lab sessions using off-the-shelf materials. This process provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the climate ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Module / Unit, Journal article
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Policy issues
 
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This excerpt from Reading Teacher's Book of Lists describes alternative ways to assess students, including using journals, portfolios, re-tellings, reading logs, and checklists. Descriptions of the best practices to use with any of these evaluation techniques and how to make the process work for both students and teachers are provided. This resource is aimed for use in the classroom and is intended ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This is a technical report from the Center for the Study of Evaluation about the integration of research and education. The authors propose the use of students' science notebooks as one possible unobtrusive method of examining some aspects of teaching quality. They conducted a study in fifth grade classrooms, analyzing notebooks according to the characteristics of the activity, quality of the student's ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This searchable resource contains a list of performance assessment tasks, aligned with and linked to National Science Education Standards. The resources are collected from a variety of reputable sources, such as the Third Annual Math and Science Study (TIMMS) and the NY State Education Department. The tasks include student directions and response forms, administration procedures, scoring rubrics, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student's efforts, progress, and achievements in one or more areas of the curriculum. This resource discusses the characteristics of an effective portfolio, types of portfolios, and the phases of portfolio assessment. It offers guidelines for how to get started using portfolios, how can a portfolio be evaluated, and some additional ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This article describes why portfolios may be useful for improving assessment and for motivating and involving students more in their own learning. Topics include instructional uses, assessment uses, tracking growth over time, accountability, and references for further reading. This resource is intended for K-12 teachers to use in the classroom. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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This page guides users through a series of questions that help determine the appropriateness of a task for assessing students at various grade levels. The questions are designed for teachers to ask of themselves when selecting assessments for their students. This resource is intended for use in the classroom by K-12 teachers. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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