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Formative Assessments in Science

Activities to reinforce understanding and application of essential secondary science concepts.

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Support for Secondary Science

The Dana Center science assessment activities can be used by teachers to provide ongoing formative assessment integrated with science instruction. The assessments reflect essential middle and high school science concepts that students need to know and be able to apply as described in state and national standards.

Good formative assessment activities provide evidence of student insight, student misconceptions, and problem-solving strategies that can be used by teachers to guide instruction. Equally important, however, is the opportunity such activities provide for teachers to help students build proficiency and automaticity with the material.

The middle school science formative assessment series includes hands-on, interactive activities for physical science, Earth and space science, and life science. The high school science formative assessment series includes activities for Biology and Chemistry.

Science Formative Assessment

The Dana Center has developed six different formative science products, each of which includes interactive activities designed to reinforce and assess students’ knowledge. Click each title to learn more.

Science Assessment Options

  • Middle School Physical Science

    Thirteen hands-on, interactive activities designed to reinforce middle school students' understanding of, and ability to apply, key physical science concepts which include: matter and Interactions, energy, motion and stability (forces and Interactions) and properties of waves. 

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  • Middle School Life Science

    Fourteen hands-on, interactive activities that elicit specific evidence of student learning of life science content and scientific practice skills.

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  • Middle School Earth and Space Science

    Thirteen hands-on, interactive activities designed to reinforce middle school students' understanding of, and ability to apply, key earth and space science concepts which include: history of Earth, Earth’s materials and systems, Earth and space, human impacts, weather and climate, and space systems. 

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  • High School Biology

    Eighteen hands-on, interactive activities designed to reinforce students' knowledge of essential biology concepts in five categories: cell structure and function, mechanisms of genetics, biological evolution and classification, biological processes and systems, and interdependence within environmental systems. 

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  • STAAR Biology

    STAAR Biology: Assessment Activities for the Texas Readiness Standards includes hands-on activities designed to reinforce students' knowledge of the biology concepts assessed on the STAAR Biology end-of- course exam. Each of the activities is aligned with specific TEKS student expectations, including scientific processes and science concepts. The module focuses on the readiness standards and covers all five biology EOC reporting categories. 

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  • High School Chemistry

    Fourteen hands-on, interactive activities designed to assess and reinforce students' knowledge of chemistry content and scientific practice skills in five categories: matter and the periodic table, atomic structure and nuclear chemistry, bonding and chemical reactions, gases and thermochemistry, and solutions and chemical reactions. The activities address key chemistry standards from the Next Generation Science Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. A table in the introduction lists specific standards addressed by each activity. 

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