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What are some alternative ways to test science students without actually using tests?

Oct 19, 2017 10:19am

I am finding that my chemistry students have to study very hard for my tests and I am not given enough exam time by my school to test the material properly. Therefore, I am looking for alternative ways to assess my students and give them grades.

  • Science
  • 8-11
  • Assessment


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    • Nov 21, 2017 2:10pm

      I like to use quizlet live and kahoot for large class reviews; but, they can get a little rowdy. I like using go formative (a web based program) to gauge where students are as we are going through content... it's quick and a nice visual. I also sometimes like to go old school and will print off a roster and will have an exit question or goal for the day; then, if students can answer them I put an "x" on the sheet showing that they mastered the content. I hope this helps.

      • Feb 25, 2018 6:33pm

        Maybe the test questions could be shared out between the students. Then students research and present the question/answer to the class. This would utilise inquiry skills, presentation skills, inform the class and provide you two access points for assessment.g

        • Feb 27, 2018 10:55am

          I have a couple of ways I'm using instruction-embedded assessment as alternatives to tests that incorporate the science practices.
          1. You can assess their science argumentation using the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning framework. ChemEdX has a great resource for beginning to do that here:
          2. You can also have them make, revise, and explain models and assess those. There's a great short introductory article here with a link to a Paul Andersen video:
          Both of these types of assessments I've found have really shown me what students know and are able to do as scientists.