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Event: AAAS Workshop: Developing and Using Assessments Aligned to Science Learning Goals

Oct 12, 2011
Oct 14, 2011

AAAS Headquarters in Washington, DC

AAAS Project 2061 kicks off the fall season with a repeat of the highly popular "Developing and Using Assessments Aligned to Science Learning Goals" workshop.

The three-day workshop introduces Project 2061's approach to science assessment and its criteria and procedures for developing effective items that are carefully aligned to science ideas. Participants learn about tools and resources that will help them:
  • Clarify the science ideas that are to be tested and identify common student misconceptions.
  • Develop specifications for item writing, including the use of plausible, but incorrect, answer choices to provide more insight into students' thinking, expecially their misconceptions.
  • Align items to specific science ideas using Project 2061's "necessity" and "sufficiency" criteria.
  • Consider how unfamiliar vocabulary, test-wiseness, or other factors can affect the accuracy of an item as a measure of what students know.
  • Understand and use statistical analyses of student test data to diagnose learning difficulties and improve test items.
  • Learn new techniques for collecting and using students' feedback on test items.
  • Review Project 2061's protocols for pilot and field testing items and how to adapt them for your own needs.
  • Access Project 2061's online bank of test items and other assessment resources.
Go to for information about workshop content, agenda, registration & fees.


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Aug 17, 2011

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