ERIC Number: ED363622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
How To Assess Student Performance in Science: Going beyond Multiple-Choice Tests. A Resource Manual for Teachers.
McColskey, Wendy; O'Sullivan, Rita
The purpose of this manual is to encourage discussions among science teachers about desired student outcomes in science and assessments appropriate to these outcomes. Once teachers know clearly what they hope to accomplish with their students, choosing appropriate assessment measures follows. Assessment methods described center on observing students informally or formally; asking students questions through interviews and self-assessments; and evaluating student work through open-ended questions, performance tests, portfolios, and other assessments. Chapters provide information and examples for the following topics: (1) current views on assessment; (2) desired student outcomes in science; (3) student assessment methods; (4) rubrics and grading; and (5) getting started. Twelve figures illustrate the discussion. An appendix discusses reform in curriculum and instruction. (Contains 28 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Grading, Interviews, Multiple Choice Tests, Observation, Outcomes of Education, Performance, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scoring, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Teaching Guides
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.