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Rubrics for Assessing Student Achievement in Science Grades K-12

Foreword by Jay McTighe


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© 2004 | 208 pages | Corwin

"I recommend Rubrics for Assessing Student Achievement in Science Grades K-12 to any school district that is moving toward a standards-based curriculum. It will serve as a valuable tool for assessing student learning."
Grace Cisek, Director of Mathematics and Science Curriculum
Chester County Intermediate Unit, PA

At last, science educators will now be able to use custom-made rubrics to assess and evaluate student performance in the standards-based science classroom!

Combining clarity, detail, utility, and practicality, veteran educator and author, Hays B. Lantz, Jr., offers the most complete collection of evaluation and assessment tools in science education available today. This concise handbook was designed to improve the quality and uniformity of evaluation as well as assessment of student progress. Written in language appropriate for both students and teachers in grades K-12, there are over 100 ready-to-use performance lists, holistic rubrics, and analytic rubrics that contain clear descriptions of the particular traits and qualities desired in student products and performances.

Key features distinguishing this book include:

  • Scoring tools for a wide range of products and performances found in effective science classrooms and programs
  • Assessment tools that differentiate by learning levels,  providing a scaffolding of increasingly complex expectations across the grades
  • Years of extensive field-testing of the evaluative criteria

Rubrics for Assessing Student Achievement in Science Grades K-12 is a valuable resource that will help to measure what students know and are able to do in the science classroom. It will yield more consistent and defensible judgments, more precise feedback, and sharper student learning and performance.

Jay McTighe
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Assessment in Science Education
A Call for Change  
Using National and State Standards to Implement Change  
Assessment Techniques  
Performance Tasks  
Assessing Student Achievement on Performance Tasks  
Implementing Performance Tasks in the Science Classroom  
 
2. Designing and Using Performance List Rubrics to Assess Student Work
Criteria for Assessment  
Steps for Designing Assessment/Evaluation Tools  
 
3. Designing and Using Scoring Rubrics to Assess Student Work
Scoring Rubrics  
Characteristics of Holistic Rubrics  
Characteristics of Analytic Rubrics  
 
4. Assessment Tools for Science Grades K-1
 
5. Assessment Tools for Science Grades 2-3
 
6. Assessment Tools for Science Grades 4-6
 
7. Assessment Tools for Science Grades 7-12
 
Web Sites for Rubrics in Science
 
References
 
Index

I recommend Rubrics for Assessing Student Achievement in Science Grades K-12 to any school district that is moving toward a standards-based curriculum. It will serve as a valuable tool for assessing student learning.

Grace Cisek, Director of Mathematics and Science Curriculum
Chester County Intermediate Unit, PA

Provides practical and proven tools for assessing and improving learning and performing in science. You and your students will unquestionably benefit from their use.

From the Foreword by Jay McTighe
Educational consultant and coauthor of Assessing Learning in the Classroom

"Provides the long-awaited solution for teachers looking for ways to successfully assess performance tasks, but who lack the time or expertise to do it all themselves. All of the rubrics presented in this book are open in their design so teachers can adapt them for many different situations."

NSTA Recommends, March 2005
Key features
  • Per Foreword writer Jay McTighe: "In my view, this is the most practical and content rich material of its type anywhere in North America, and definitely a 'best seller' to science educators."
  • Assessment tools are tied to science standards per AAAS, NRC, and NSTA
  • Field tested and ready-to-use without needing major modifications

 

 


Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Jay McTighe

Preface

Chapter 1: Assessment in Science Education


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