Discovery Education Interim Assessments: Science
Grade Level(s): K – 12
Measures Growth: Yes
Discovery Education Interim Assessments are state-specific interim, formative, and diagnostic assessments for kindergarten through high school. They are designed to measure student proficiency and progress in ELA, math, science, and social studies, and can be administered on paper or online. Science is measured at all grade levels.
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Discovery Education Assessment: Iowa
Aligned to My Instruction
Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach • Assesses higher-order thinking • Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level • Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Usefulness for Improving My Practice
Pros: Easy to administer • Results returned quickly • Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year • Data is presented clearly • Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
The feedback to the teacher with clear graphs and charts is invaluable. You can "see" areas of weakness and strengths; the snapshot of teaching and learning is apparent. With immediate feedback a teacher can adjust instruction and take the steps necessary to promote classroom success.
Submitted by Sandra in Iowa on April 10, 2013