The focus of this book is the assessment of middle-grade science students in the United States, where the emphasis is on `doing' science rather than simply `learning about' it. The book discusses performance assessments - what they measure, how they are scored and how to use them in the science classroom. Different types of assessment are introduced, and the authors list the materials needed and provide clear instructions on how to use and score each type.
Why Use Performance Assessment?
What Do Performance Assessments Measure?
Defining Performance Assessment
How Do You Score Student Performance?
How to Use Performance Assessments in the Classroom
What Is a Holistic Scoring System?
Choosing an Assessment You Can Trust
Which Performance Assessment Is Best for Your Purpose?