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Performance-Based Assessments in Science: What can I learn from them?

boy with magnifying glassIn order to reach higher levels of rigor and relevance, instruction and assessment must be interconnected. To achieve the best results we should assess our students in a variety of ways to inform our instruction. A number of our Science TEKS also require our students to demonstrate their understanding of science concepts through observation, exploration and investigation.

In the STAAR Navigation Guide for 2012-2013 p. 9 and 10 focus on assessment and the impact of formative assessment on our ability to create engaging instruction for our students. A question specifically for science might be:

“How often do teachers set up assessments which allow students to use materials and their Scientific Investigation and Reasoning Skills to show their mastery of a student expectation?”

If the answer to this question indicates a need for professional development in the area of performance-based assessments consider registering teachers for an upcoming session at ESC Region XIII:

Come spend a day with us exploring the importance of performance-based assessments, different ways we can gather data from our students and what we can learn about our students from them.  You will participate in different types of performance-based assessments, collect data from one another, collaborate with one another to create your own assessment to use in class and learn how to then apply these types of assessments to STAAR-like questions. Register now for Performance-Based Assessments in Science: What can I learn from them? ( http://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=24909 )

When? October 23, 2012 from 9-4

Where? ESC Region 13

Workshop ID? FA1224909

Cost? $75


ESC Region XIII Contact: D’Anna Pynes

Elementary Science Specialist,




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