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PALS - Performance Assessment Links in Science
PALS is an on-line, standards-based, continually updated resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards frameworks. The tasks, collected from numerous sources, include student directions and response forms, administration procedures, scoring rubrics, examples of student work, and technical quality data calculated from field testing. On-line rater training packets have also been created for some tasks. PALS is supported by a grant from the Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) Division (Grant #: ESI-9730651) of the National Science Foundation.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
    • Assessment / Evaluation
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
    • Module / Unit
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Environmental science
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999 SRI International, Center for Technology in Learning. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-170
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
        • Position and motion of objects
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Properties of earth materials
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motion and forces
        • Properties and changes of properties in matter
        • Transfer of energy
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Population and ecosystems
        • Regulation and behavior
        • Reproduction and heredity
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Chemical reactions
        • Conservation of energy and increase in disorder
        • Motions and forces
        • Structure and properties of matter
      • C - Life science:
        • Behavior of organisms
        • Interdependence of organisms
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
        • The cell
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Geochemical cycles
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Personal and community health
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Anders Rosenquist
Center for Technology in Learning - SRI International