About the series
In response to the current interest in science assessment strategies in classrooms grades 3–12, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will present Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches, a special conference on the topic on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 in conjunction with the opening of the November 10–12 convention in Chicago. Assessments play key roles in learning how to learn; understanding the cognitive frameworks and thinking patterns of students; measuring progress in relationship to curricular goals; and communicating to parents, the community, and other stakeholders information about program effectiveness and student accomplishments.The Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches conference is designed to familiarize practitioners with current National Science Foundation-funded research on the multiple forms, roles, and contexts for student assessment in science. This research develops and tests new assessment strategies, studies assessments that can inform classroom practice, explores students’ understanding and misconceptions, and investigates assessment formats that can serve as accountability measures in high-stakes tests. The overall objective of the daylong event is to allow teachers, as well as administrators at school and district levels and professional development providers, to learn about the implications of NSF-funded researchers’ work for classroom practice and professional development.
- National Science Teachers Association