Foundations of Education and Instructional Assessment/Performance Assessment and Rubrics/Elementary Science
As a teacher-in-training, I often imagine myself leading my future students through the curriculum. Before beginning any formal teacher preparation classes, I intended to use many of the same techniques in my classroom that were used by my grade school teachers, including lecturing, the occasional pop quiz, and end of chapter testing. However, as Michael Kamen describes the transformation that elementary school science teacher Virginia made, other student teachers and I soon realize that the traditional assessment method of “teaching first and assessing second” may not give the best opportunity for all students to express their knowledge for credit(Kamen, 1998).
There are two ways to implement performance assessment in the classroom: 1)homemade techniques that are individualized by the teacher and customized to his or her students abilities and 2)out-of-the-box pre-developed classroom cirriculums.
Homemade assessment techniques require minimal cost. Examples of homemade assessments are student-written notebooks or laboratory journals or logs, oral presentations, and student-written questions for traditional tests.
Out-of-the-box cirriculums can be expensive when purchased, but some are available to all for free, such asFOSS: Full Option Science System. FOSS has two major studies occurring including ASK Project: Assessing Science Knowledge and FAST Project: Formative Assessment for Science through Technology.
- Parents and concerned citizens, like Toni Jenkins of TX who commented to U.S. News and World Report's online newsstory Study: U.S. Trails Asian Countries in Math and Science, are bitter towards the large amount of standardized testing given to public school students.
- Virginia, Kamen 1998
1. According to the article, why has school cirriculum placed a larger emphasis on math and science content in the last 10 years? A. to tighten immigration laws B. to raise U.S. student testing scores to meet or exceed students in Asian countries C. to obtain increased funding for public schools from NASA D. to eventually compete with Russian students now traveling to outer space
Study: U.S. Trails Asian Countries in Math and Science. Retrieved March 23, 2009, from U.S. News and World Report: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-education/2008/12/9/study-us-trails-asian-countries-in-math-and-science.html