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LaDue, Nicole D.; Libarkin, Julie C.; Thomas, Stephen R. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
The pervasive use of visual representations in textbooks, curricula, and assessments underscores their importance in K-12 science education. For example, visual representations figure prominently in the recent publication of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States in Next generation science standards: for states, by states.…
Descriptors: Science Education, Earth Science, Biology, Physics
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Contino, Julie – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
In a standards-based system, it is important for all components of the system to align in order to achieve the intended goals. No Child Left Behind law mandates that assessments be fully aligned with state standards, be valid, reliable and fair, be reported to all stakeholders, and provide evidence that all students in the state are meeting the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Tests, Science Education, State Standards
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Liu, Xiufeng; Fulmer, Gavin – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2008
This article reports on an analysis of alignment between NY state core curricula and NY Regents tests in physics and chemistry. Both the curriculum and test were represented by a two dimensional table consisting of topics and cognitive demands. The cell values of the table were numbers of major understandings in the curriculum and points of test…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Test Items, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development