Systems for State Science Assessment

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National Academies Press, Dec 28, 2005 - Education - 248 pages
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In response to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Systems for State Science Assessment explores the ideas and tools that are needed to assess science learning at the state level. This book provides a detailed examination of K-12 science assessment: looking specifically at what should be measured and how to measure it.

Along with reading and mathematics, the testing of science is a key component of NCLB-it is part of the national effort to establish challenging academic content standards and develop the tools to measure student progress toward higher achievement. The book will be a critical resource for states that are designing and implementing science assessments to meet the 2007-2008 requirements of NCLB.

In addition to offering important information for states, Systems for State Science Assessment provides policy makers, local schools, teachers, scientists, and parents with a broad view of the role of testing and assessment in science education.

  

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Contents

Introduction
11
A Systems Approach to Assessment
21
Science Literacy Implications for Assessment
38
The Centrality of Standards
54
Designing Science Assessments
77
Implementation and Support
114
Issues of Equity and Adequacy
136
Evaluation and Monitoring
146
Supporting the Design Implementation and Evaluation of State Science Assessment Systems
161
References
171
Appendixes
185
Practical Tips
187
Background Papers
202
Biographical Sketches of Committee Members Staff and Working Group Members
210
Index
221
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