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Are the data displayed Data are clear and in a readable manner easily understood at a glance? at a glance. Data are organized using table, chart, graph, or similar communication method. Data are understandable, but it takes some effort on part of reader to understand what student is saying. No data are recorded by student, or data unintelligible. Is some sort of conclusion present? A conclusion is present. No conclusion is present. A conclusion is present. (continued) 24 National Science Teachers Association Chapter 2 Is the conclusion based on data from the experiment?

A descriptor of the lowest level of work expected should be written next. This descriptor should include each of the criteria on the original list, differentiating the quality of work for each criterion. To create the middle-level descriptors, review the highest and lowest quality descriptors. What would be a logical midpoint for each of these descriptors? This midpoint is the middle-level score. ) Once the rubric is created, teachers should test it using samples of student work. Often rubrics need to be adjusted or have clarifications added to the descriptors.

When given opportunities to express ideas verbally, most children referred to “stronger force” at the magnetic poles, supplementing oral language with distinct gestures to demonstrate knowledge of concepts, such as strength. These responses illustrated the complex nature of young children’s scientific sense making. Assessment that offers students multiple options for selfexpression provides greater possibilities for students to communicate what they understand. , writing or drawing). On the summative assessment, students were also asked to show the arrangement of atoms inside an iron nail that had been magnetized.

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