Teachers can now create online tests using a new feature at an innovative web site from AAAS that compiles national data on what students know about key science concepts.
The “Create & Take Tests” module, developed by AAAS’s Project 2061 science literacy initiative, is available at AAAS Science Assessment. Building on the site’s core of over 700 assessment items, teachers can use the new module to create multiple-choice science tests for their classroom that can target key ideas in 16 science topics, from evolution and natural selection to atoms, molecules, and states of matter. The tests can be administered and scored online, and results can be compared to national scores on the same topics.
Project 2061 developed the assessment items and collected data on them in a seven-year effort funded by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Building on that work, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Project 2061 a new $1.5 million grant, starting in August 2012, to create a set of assessments that measure late elementary to high school students’ understanding of energy concepts.
More information is available at http://assessment.aaas.org/