Assessment Protocols

  1. Teacher Talk About Assessment—Activities

    This site provides an explanation of assessment in general. Information is concise yet informative, especially for the beginning teacher. The four main categories include: Deciphering the Vocabulary, Alternative Assessment, Aligning Instructions and Assessment, and Communicating Assessment Results. A portion of this site also provides ways to talk to parents about assessment.

  3. Elementary Science: Assessment and Evaluation

    Middle Level Science: Assessment and Evaluation

    These sites consider reasons for assessment and evaluation at the elementary and middle school level. They give information about resources to consult, list various techniques and their definitions, and provide examples for student assessment and program evaluation. They also explain record keeping, the different phases of the evaluation process, the dimensions for including scientific literacy, and several other topics.

  5. Alternative Assessment in K-12 Science Education

    This site provides specific models with diagrams and charts that are easily understood. It gives instructions for designing authentic performance tasks including their different components, design issues, and implications. A section is also devoted to computer-assisted testing.

Use Within Deaf Education

As in regular education, assessment is crucial for establishing goals and monitoring the progress of both the deaf students and their teachers. These sites stress the fact that observations and practical exercises are the best way to assess scientific and technical skills. They also emphasize that assessing attitudes and values are just as important as assessing the curriculum in general.