Rubrics for Assessing Student Achievement in Science Grades K-12 / Edition 1

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At last, science educators will now be able to use custom-made rubrics to uniformly assess and evaluate their students, based on state-mandated standards! 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 addressing a wide range of products and performances found in effective science classrooms and programs Assessment tools to 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Grace Cisek
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.
Jay McTighe
Provides practical and proven tools for assessing and improving learning and performing in science. You and your students will unquestionably benefit from their use.
NSTA Recommends
"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."
From the Foreword by Jay Mc Tighe
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
Provides practical and proven tools for assessing and improving learning and performing in science. You and your students will unquestionably benefit from their use.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761931010
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,464,949
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Hays Blaine Lantz, Jr. is currently Director of Science for grades PreK-12 for the Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland. Prior to this assignment, he served as Supervisor of Science K-12 for the Prince George’s County Public Schools; as Supervisor of the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Prince George’s County; as a Federal Programs Director, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Title IV-C Project Director, and as a high school administrator and classroom science teacher. Dr. Lantz has either taught or supervised all grades K-16, and has been extensively involved in professional and program development in science education for more than three decades. He has successfully directed several National Science Foundation projects, most recently the Partnerships for Math and Science Achievement (PMSA). In addition, Dr. Lantz also stays active as a science education consultant for several publishers and numerous school districts. His current research interests in science education include performance-based teaching and assessment, advance organizers, and the effects of prior knowledge on learning.

Dr. Lantz received his formal education at James Madison University and at the University of Virginia. He earned his doctorate in Science Education from the University of Virginia in 1981, with supporting fields in Research & Evaluation and Supervision & Administration. When not actively engaged in his work, Dr. Lantz enjoys skiing, golfing, fly fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Jay McTighe
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
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