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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 33

Large-Scale Assessments in Science Education

Edward D. BrittonSteven A. Schneider

WestEd Mathematics, Science and Technology Program Redwood City, California

This chapter focuses on changes in large-scale assessments in science education, at the international, national, and state levels. Historically, these assessments are for purposes such as international comparisons, accountability, summative assessment for reporting to others outside the classroom, qualification for entry to college, and evaluation of programs. Thus, the term “large-scale assessments” encompasses quite a variety of assessments that differ in their purposes, formats, and other features. It is important to consider the specifics of those features to avoid inappropriate ...

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