Kathy Long | May 01, 2019 | Assessment

The FOSS team is excited to announce FOSSmap 2.0. For those of you who have used FOSSmap through the "proof of concept years," we think that you will be very pleased with the new system.

Read more
FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 12, 2018 | Assessment

The FOSS assessment team is excited to announce several new features that will be available next school year (2018-2019).

Read more
Kathy Long | March 07, 2017 | Assessment

The FOSS project developed its assessment system through an NSF-funded project ASK. During that six-year project, we worked extensively with teachers in nine school districts and educational service areas to create what has now been embedded in FOSS Next Generation and Third Editions. Some of you may be asking, if those assessments were created before the NGSS existed, how can we use them for gathering three-dimensional data about our students' performance?

Read more
Kathy Long | September 21, 2016 | Assessment

If we’re focusing on formative assessment, how are we supposed to give grades?

Read more
Kathy Long | February 23, 2016 | Assessment

Formative assessment has become a bit of a buzzword, and like other educational terms it can come to mean many different things.

Read more
Kathy Long | September 24, 2015 | Assessment

As many of you know, assessment for the FOSS program has been evolving since the 1990s.

Read more
Kathy Long | March 26, 2015 | Assessment

The term “differentiated instruction” can have a variety of meanings in the education world and can refer to many aspects of a students’ learning.

Read more
Kathy Long | September 09, 2014 | Assessment

In this issue I'll talk about some of the criteria we use to design items and describe student progress levels based on assessment responses.

Read more
Kathy Long | March 07, 2014 | Assessment

Research has shown that frequent formative assessment is a key to improved learning (Black and Wiliam, 1998; Wiliam, 2011). But developing prompts, analyzing test data, and developing next-step strategies can take a significant amount of time. Enter FOSSmap.

Read more
FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 17, 2008 | Assessment

When teachers first begin teaching FOSS, the learning curve can be a challenge. If teachers are making the change from a textbook to an activity-based curriculum, the first year is spent learning content, working out timing issues, preparing materials, and coming to grips with student and kit management. As teachers become comfortable with the mechanics of teaching FOSS, they may focus their creative energy on implementing science notebooks. Students use their science notebooks to record and organize data, define vocabulary words, and write conclusions drawn from investigations. By the third year of using FOSS, the logistics have been mastered, and teachers are ready to focus on student learning. That’s the point where assessment becomes an important part of the curriculum.

Read more
FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 20, 2006 | Assessment

Assessing Science Knowledge (ASK) is a project based at the Lawrence Hall of Science that was funded by the National Science Foundation in the summer of 2003. The purpose of the project is to design an assessment system for grade 3–6 FOSS modules that produces valid and reliable evidence of science achievement in an active-learning science environment.

Read more
FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 07, 2003 | Assessment

Prior to preparing the grant proposal, it was recognized that several independent forces were placing increasing demands on teachers and school systems to make use of assessment data to improve student achievement.

Read more
Kathy Long | March 07, 2001 | Assessment

"We disagree with the wording of question number four on the end-of-module assessment: Which of these is ALWAYS true about inventions? We disagree with the word ALWAYS, especially in capital letters."

Read more
Kathy Long | March 06, 2000 | Assessment

"Let assessment be my guide? I don't think so!" you may be saying to yourself. But what you're probably imagining are those standardized tests we subject our students to on a yearly basis. When we talk about assessment in the FOSS 2000© edition for grades three through six, we're talking about something completely different. We're talking about an assessment system that gives you diagnostic information throughout the module. The new assessment system provides a window for you to see more deeply into each student's thinking as well as for you to reflect on your own teaching.

Read more