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Science Formative Assessment, Volume 2

50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning
By: Page D. Keeley

A Joint Publication With the National Science Teachers Association

With this highly engaging resource, you’ll get 50 more formative assessment techniques that deepen student understanding of scientific concepts.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452270258
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: October 20, 2014

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Deepen scientific understanding with formative assessment!

Only by knowing what your students are thinking can you design learning opportunities that deepen content mastery and meet their individual needs. In this highly engaging resource, internationally respected expert Page Keeley shares 50 new techniques to pinpoint student understanding before, during, and after instruction. In addition to promoting best practices in the classroom, the techniques shared here support learning and link instruction to the Next Generation Science Standards. These flexible assessments can be used with any science curriculum, along with

  • Practical strategies for using the techniques throughout the instruction cycle
  • Considerations for implementation and suggestions for modification
  • An explanation of how each technique promotes learning
  • Examples of how the techniques can be used in different content areas

An expert in the field of K-12 science education, Page Keeley is the former president of the National Science Teachers Association, a current Board Member of the National Science Education Leadership Association, and has seventeen best-selling books.

"Science Formative Assessment, Volume 2 contains a wealth of tools that encourage students to engage in practices such as scientific argumentation and discourse. By emphasizing the alignment of the FACT with Science and Engineering Practices, Keeley provides multiple ways for teachers to monitor more than the disciplinary core ideas being taught.”

Susan German, Science Teacher
Hallsville R-IV School District, MO

"Teachers everywhere are spending a lot of time and energy looking for ways to increase student achievement. Well, the answer is not a big secret, nor is it expensive. Fortunately, Page Keeley has an answer. Improved performance lies in using formative assessments as an integral aspect of a lesson. In this book, Keeley shows how 50 formative assessments can lead to greater student success in science."
—Douglas Llewellyn, Professor
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

Other Books from Corwin and Page Keeley:

  1. Keeley, Science Formative Assessment ISBN: 9781412941808
  2. Keeley, Math Formative Assessment ISBN: 9781412968126
  3. Keeley, Science Curriculum Topic Study ISBN: 9781412908924


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Page D. Keeley

PAGE KEELEY has been a leader in science education for over 20 years. She "retired" from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) in 2012 where she had been the Senior Science Program Director since 1996. Today she works as an independent consultant, speaker, and author providing professional development to school districts and organizations in the areas of formative assessment and teaching for conceptual understanding.

Page has been the principal investigator and project director on 3 National Science Foundation-funded projects including the Northern New England Co-Mentoring Network (NNECN), PRISMS- Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle School, and Curriculum Topic Study- A Systematic Approach to Utilizing National Standards and Cognitive Research. In addition, she developed and directed state MSP projects including Science Content, Conceptual Change, and Collaboration (SC4) and TIES K-12- Teachers Integrating Engineering into Science K-12 and two National Semi-Conductor Foundation grants, Linking Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy (L-SILL) and Linking Science, Engineering, and Language Literacy (L-SELL). She developed and directed the Maine Governor’s Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, which completed its fourth cohort group of Maine teacher STEM leaders, and is a replication of the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, of which she is a Fellow.

Page is a prolific author of over twenty national best-selling and award-winning books, including twelve books in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, four books in the first edition Curriculum Topic Study series, and four books in the Science and Mathematics Formative Assessment- Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning series. Several of her books have received prestigious awards in educational publishing. She has authored numerous journal articles and contributed to several book chapters. She is a frequent invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences on the topic of formative assessment in science, understanding students’ (and teachers’) thinking, and teaching for conceptual understanding.

Prior to leaving the classroom to work at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance in 1996, Page taught middle and high school science for 15 years. At that time she was an active teacher leader at the state and national level, serving two terms as President of the Maine Science Teachers Association and NSTA District II Director 1995-1998 and NSTA Executive Board member (prior to the Board and Council restructuring in 1997). She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching in 1992 and the Milken National Distinguished Educator Award in 1993.

Since leaving the classroom in 1996, her work in leadership and professional development has been nationally recognized. In 2008 she was elected the 63rd President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest organization of K-12, university, and informal science educators. In 2009 she received the National Staff Development Council’s (now Learning Forward) Susan Loucks-Horsley Award for Leadership in Science and Mathematics Professional Development. In 2013 she received the Outstanding Leadership in Science Education award from the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) and in 2018, The Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from NSTA. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine, was a Cohort 1 Fellow in the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, was a science literacy leader for the AAAS/Project 2061 Professional Development Program, and served on several national advisory boards. She has a strong interest in global science education and has led science/STEM education delegations to South Africa (2009), China (2010), India (2012), Cuba (2014), Iceland (2017), Panama (2018), and Costa Rica (2019).

Prior to entering the teaching profession, Page was a research assistant for immunogeneticist, Dr. Leonard Shultz, at the Jackson Laboratory of Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences/pre-veterinary studies from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters degree in Science Education from the University of Maine. In her spare time she enjoys travel, reading, photography, fiber art, and dabbles in modernist cooking and culinary art. A Maine resident for almost 40 years, Page and her husband currently reside in Fort Myers, FL and Wickford, RI. Page can be contacted at pagekeeley@gmail.com or through her web site at www.uncoveringstudentideas.org

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

Chapter 1. An Introduction to 50 More Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques (FACTs)

Classroom Snapshot of Formative Assessment in Practice

Why 50 More FACTs?

Elicitation FACTs

Supporting Productive Science Talk

Next Steps

Chapter 2. Formative Assessment and Standards

FACTs and Core Disciplinary Content

FACTs and Scientific and Engineering Practices

Chapter 3. Get the FACTs! Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques

1. Always, Sometimes, or Never

2. B-D-A (Before–During–After) Drawings

3. C-E-O-SE (Commit–Explain–Observe or Obtain Additional Information–Scientific Explanation)

4. Claim Cards

5. Comments Only

6. Comparison Overlap Probes

7. Concept Attainment Cards

8. Concept Mix-Up Probes

9. Confidence Level Assessment (CLA)

10. Cross-Cutter Cards

11. CSI (Color–Symbol–Image)

12. Diagnostic Collectons

13. Enhanced Multiple Choice

14. Every Graph Tells a Story

15. Everyday Mystery Stories

16. Example, Non-Example

17. Extended Sticky Bars

18. Eye Contact Partners

19. Feed Up, Feedback, and Feed Forward

20. Fingers Under Chin

21. Four Corners Jigsaw

22. Gallery Walk

23. Group Frayer Model

24. Group Talk Feedback

25. Homework Card Sort

26. Hot Seat Questioning

27. I Think–I Rethink

28. Learning Intentions

29. Let's Keep Thinking

30. Lines of Agreement

31. Magnetic Statements

32. Matching Cards

33. More A–More B Probes

34. Opposing Claims Probes

35. Picture This

36. Plus–Delta

37. PMI (Plus–Minus–Interesting)

38. Ranking Tasks

39. RAQ (Revise, Add, Question) Feedback

40. Reflective Toss

41. Slide Sort

42. Success Indicators

43. Talk Moves

44. TAR (Target, Analogy, Reflection)

45. Thumbs Up, Down, Sideways

46. Traffic Light Sliders

47. Vernacular Probes

48. VDR (Vote, Discuss, Revote)

49. What Did I Learn Today?

50. Word Sort

Appendix: Annotated Resources for Science Formative Assessment





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