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The following is from Science for All Children: A Guide to Improving Elementary Science Education in Your School District.  For a full text version on the Web or to order a copy of the book, go to the National Academy Press Web site. (http://www.nap.edu/bookstore/)

In the section entitled Assessing the Science Program, the authors of Science for All discuss the "need for school districts to measure how they are progressing in their efforts to adress the five elements of science education reform: curriculum, professional development, materials support, assessment, and administrative and community support."  The following is one of the five rubrics used to assess the progress of science programs.

Levels of Student Assessment

Level 0  No change, no plan for change
Level 1 Studying the issue, planning, changes driven by outside forces (new state mandates)
Level 2 Some use of alternative asssessment strategies in individual schools or by teachers using inquiry-centered curriculum materials. Policy of acquiring curriculum materials that incorporate active assessment strategies.
Level 3 Systematic professional development on assessment and/or teachers developing active assessments.
Level 4 Initiating system-wide implementation of active assessment tied to grading practices and substituting for traditional, test-based grades.
Level 5 Complete implementation of district-wide active science assessment, and/or new science assessment is part of large district-wide assessment plan.

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998.

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