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Extended Response

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Assessment Instrument

Assessment Type: Multiple choice, short constructed response questions, and extended constructed response questions.

Evaluates students' knowledge of three fields of science (earth, physical, and life), three elements of knowing and doing science (conceptual understanding, scientific investigation, and practical reasoning), and two overarching domains in science (the nature of science and themes-systems, models, and patterns-present in science).

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Pre/Post STEM Survey for 4th and 5th Grade

Assessment Type: Survey

This pre/post survey was developed for In4All’s (formerly BEC) STEM™ Connect program, focused on 4th and 5th grade students. The evaluation investigated the impact the program had in two key areas: career interest and attitude. The expectation is that the students will: (1) improve their attitude/behavior toward math and science and (2) increase their interest in pursuing a math or science career. To measure their attitude toward math and science, the Attitude Toward Science in School Assessment (ATSSA) was administered. This instrument was developed by Germann (1988) to assess attitudes toward science among 7th to 10th grade students. Our survey expanded to include the topic of math, replacing the word ‘math’ with ‘science’ in all survey items. Additional items were added to measure their interest in math or science-related careers. For three school years, the survey was administered to 4th-grade students. While the language has not been tested with 4th graders specifically, it was determined that the preference was to administer the original validated tool rather than risk compromising results by changing the language. Additional items were also added to the post-test survey to measure opinions on the presentations, activities, volunteers, and whether the student felt an increased interest in math and science as a result of the program.

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