AP Annual Conference: Formative Assessment in the AP Science Classroom

Formative Assessment in the AP Science Classroom

Ryan Fedewa, Stevenson High School

I attended this session to learn different approaches for formative assessments that could be applied to all AP Science courses; not just physics. While Standards Based Grading (SBG) wasn’t explicitly mentioned, some aspects of the presenters formative assessments would align. I would imagine a tool like BlueHarvest would also work well.

  • 5 Formative Assessment characteristics
    • the provision of effective feedback to students
    • the active involvement of student in their own learning
    • the adjustment of teaching to take into account the results of the assessment
    • the recognition of the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self-esteems of students, both of which are critical influences on learning
    • the need for students to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve
  • “We’re going to let our students know where they’re at, and let them know how they can improve from there.”
  • Example Tools
  • administered weekly 5-10 question multiple choice quiz as the source of the data
    • also included unit exams and final exam (but will exclude final exam next year)
    • plan to incorporate practice AP exams and practice ACT exams
    • tagged each question with a science skill as well as a science content area
  • College Board Science Practices work well as tags

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