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Science assessment

Anyone have a starting point for assessing the development of my science learners????  how well do they show explain their experiences, explain their evidence etc etc very hard thing to assess no matter how we look at it.  Alli is looking for some answers.....someone out there has an answer, just gotta find that person!


  • Doug Drysdale

    I have the same issues.  I also believe numeracy and literacy data should be collected from the likes of science etc because this is where it is being put into practice.  Regards


  • Darren Kerr

    Totally agree......why not kill 2 birds with one stone.  Also do we actually need to assess the learning in science with preset criteria?  Possibly/ possibly not.  If teachers are happy to make statements using their professional judgement to report to parents in end of year reports is that enough?  I do think we need a benchmark through the levels to attain to but have no idea on how to set those.....guess everyone in the same boat here at the mo.

  • Pukekohe East School

    Have you tried TKI?  The matrices of progress indicators are a good place to start - http://www.tki.org.nz/r/assessment/exemplars/sci/matrices/index_e.html


  • Darren Kerr

    Cool cheers.  Gives a starting point, will be interesting to see the science capabilities matrices when they are finalised to compare to as looking at their understanding of NOS and the capabilities.

  • Joy Kitt

    Hey Darren

    i would have suggested the matrices as well...in fact i think i did!  How's it going?  Sy hi to Katz!  Alternatively you could identify the NOS skills you were particularly keen to see improve and co-construct SC with the kids?

  • Darren Kerr

    Hey Joy.....great to hear from you.  Yeah the matrices are good but with trying to build libraries of experiences we cover so much I need to work out what to assess and how to refine it I guess.  It'd I tried to assess all the bits and pieces we cover I would be using the whole 4 matrices and that is just not realistic.  Maybe just use 1 each term to focus on and develop those SCs with the kids as you said.  Will pass on your Hi, science hui was great and oh yeah Gallagher has moved into developing his science brain in pyrotechnics now!

  • Anne Barker

    NZCER developed the Science Thinking With Evidence assessment tool. This is a formalised assessment tool which looks very similar to the PAT tests. You can request a sample pack to see if you think it could be useful (but there is a cost)  It is designed for years 7,8,9 and 10.