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Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment

Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment

  • Xiufeng Liu - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA

January 2009 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


A concise science assessment text that helps K–12 teachers master the effective science assessment methods that lead to improved student learning

Presenting both traditional and innovative assessment methods integral to science teaching and learning, Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment shows teachers the connection between effective science assessment and improved student learning. The text uses a competence-based approach consistent with the National Science Education Standards to help teachers master assessment skills, apply them to science classroom instruction, and evaluate their impact on student learning.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Provides practical examples from both elementary and secondary science classrooms to demonstrate how to design a wide variety of traditional and innovative assessment methods
  • Presents case scenarios in each chapter that help teachers reflect on the assessment issues they will encounter in their own classrooms
  • Includes end-of-chapter checklists and practice questions that allow readers to check their mastery of assessment skills before moving on, as well as annotated bibliographies that direct them to additional readings on topics of interest

The Web-based Student study site at provides electronic flashcards, practice quizzes, alternative assessment tasks, additional Web resources, and abstracts identifying more than forty common K–12 student preconceptions of science topics.

1. Assessment for Learning and Teaching
2. Assessment of Preconceptions
3. Summative Assessment
4. Assessment of Science Inquiry
5. Standardized Tests
6. Assessment of Ongoing Learning
7. Grading Science Achievement
8. Using Data to Improve Assessment and Instruction

Recommended reading for those undergraduate students that are studying science as a specialism option. The 'Application and Self-Reflection' sections throughout the book are extremely useful in relating theory and practice.

Mr Andrew Sheehan
Department of Education, Newman University College
October 21, 2013

I just finished the book and I wanted to ask if there is a plan to release another edition without the typos. The book is thoughtful and needed in our field. I am considering using this.

Dr Georgia Hodges
Science Education Dept, University of Georgia
March 29, 2011

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