Effective teachers of science provide evidence to show that P-12 students’ understanding of major science concepts, principles, theories, and laws have changed as a result of instruction by the candidate and that student knowledge is at a level of understanding beyond memorization. Candidates provide evidence for the diversity of students they teach.
Informed instruction relies heavily on being able to analyze student learning in a variety of formats, including formative, interim and summative assessment. These can also be broken down into standardized assessments and performance based. Science educators should utilize all of these assessment techniques to determine student progress, and analyze the data frequently throughout the course.
Performance Based Measurements
In addition to standardized tests and assessments, I use a variety of performance based measurements of student progress. These include lab activities, class discussions, performances, etc, as well as summative lab practical tests.