Measuring Progress in Science. Levels 1-5
To measure student progress in science across a school and especially across a Community of Learning is challenging. The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) assigns different science concepts to each curriculum level so science content alone is not a useful tool for assessment.
A more effective approach is to measure progress in science understanding, using the Nature of Science (NoS) “ the overarching, unifying strand” (p.28 NZC) . Nature of Science is required learning for all students up to year 10, with other strands providing context. As NoS is the primary goal of this curriculum it is an appropriate tool to measure progress in science.
This course will enable participants to understand how teachers can use NoS to monitor student progress in science. A progression for teaching NoS concepts as well as some potential assessment rubrics will be explored to support differentiated instruction, allocation of resources and determine placement in courses. Assessment information in a teaching as inquiry process to evaluate program effectiveness and improve teacher practice will also be discussed.
Supporting Facilitator: Faye Booker
Faye Booker is a Secondary Science Facilitator at Team Solutions, University of Auckland. She has professional learning and development expertise in the following areas:Leading change, effective pedagogy in science, culturally responsive pedagogy, higher order thinking in science, middle leadership, nature of science, teaching as inquiry, modern learning practice, high expectations teaching, literacy in science.