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TIPS FOR TEACHERS: ASSESSING PROFICIENCY OF “SCIENCE PROCESS SKILLS”

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TIPS FOR TEACHERS: ASSESSING PROFICIENCY OF “SCIENCE PROCESS SKILLS”
TIPS FOR TEACHERS:
ASSESSING PROFICIENCY OF “SCIENCE PROCESS SKILLS”
The best method for assessing a student’s abilities to use science processes is
through observation. A “paper/pencil” test is not an accurate means of
accessing these skills.
Included is a checklist to help you determine the proficiency level of your
students in the area of scientific processes as outlined in the Arizona State
Science Standard. The intent is to use this instrument as an analytical
assessment tool.
Remember that the goal is to reach the proficiency level in each area by
the end of the school year. Proficiency will likely be reached in increments.
Listed below are the terms and descriptors for each level of proficiency on the
report card.
Skill Performance
Does not yet understand
concepts/skills that have
been introduced
Limited Proficiency
Developing Proficiency
Proficient
Inquiry Checklist/s/jc
Inquiry Science Indicators
Student has a majority of check marks in
the “NEVER” column.
Student has a majority of check marks in
the “SELDOM” and “SOMETIMES”
columns.
Student has a majority of check marks in
the “SOMETIMES” and “OFTEN” columns.
Student has almost all check marks in the
“OFTEN” column.
Adapted from Nurturing Inquiry, Charles R. Pearce
GRADE 2: INQUIRY SCIENCE INDICATORS
LIST
Student:
This checklist is an indicator of this student’s ability to implement scientific process skills
shown in the Arizona State Science Standard, Strand 1. (See Standard for exact
wording of performance objectives listed below.)
NEVER
SELDOM
SOMETIMES
OFTEN
This Student:
Observations, Questions, and Hypotheses
Compare common objects using multiple
senses
Asks questions based on experiences with
objects, organisms, and events in the
environment
Predicts results of an investigation
Scientific Testing (Investigating and Modeling)
Demonstrates safe behavior in science
Participates in guided investigations
Use simple tools to collect data
Record data from guided investigations in
an organized and appropriate format
Analysis and Conclusions
Organize objects, organisms, and events
according to various characteristics.
Compare the results of the investigation
to predictions mad prior to the
investigation
Communication
Communicate the result of an
investigation using pictures, graphs,
models, and/or words
Communicates with other groups to
describe the results of an investigation.
Inquiry Checklist
Adapted from Nurturing Inquiry, Charles R. Pearce
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