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assessor, checklists are easy for students to use in peer assessment.6.Rating scalesask assessors to rate various elements of a process,performance, or product on a numericalscale. They do not provide complete descriptions of performance at various levels.Why Teachers Use Assessment RubricsThe best assessment tasks ask students to perform the sorts of scientific literacy tasks they will be called upon toperform in real-world situations. They allow students to demonstrate not only the declarative knowledge they havegained, but also the interplay of attitudes, skills, and strategies that constitute their learning. Authentic assessmenttasks invite a range of responses and allow students to express their individuality. For all these reasons, assessingscientific literacy is a complex matter.Assessment rubrics:help teachers clarify the qualities they are looking for in student work;ensure that all students are assessed by the same criteria;help teachers communicate the goals of each assignment in specific terms;
76allow teachers within schools, school divisions/districts, and the province to collaborate inassessment; andplay an important part in instruction.How Assessment Rubrics Enhance InstructionThe best assessment tools do not simply sort and score student work; instead, they describe it in specific terms.This assessment information:helps teachers adjust instruction to meet student learning requirements;tells students what teachers expect and will look for in their work, and helps them to focustheir efforts;allows students to assess their own work using the criteria teachers will use to set goalsand to monitor their progress; andaids in the development of metacognition by giving students a vocabulary for talking aboutparticular aspects of their work.Sources of Assessment RubricsTeachers develop assessment rubrics in collaboration with students, on their own, and/or with other teachersor obtain them through published sources.Classroom DevelopmentDeveloping assessment rubrics in collaboration with students can be a time-consuming process,but one that has many benefits in instruction and learning.Teacher-DevelopedTeachers develop general performance and product rubrics individually, in collaboration within aschool or school division/district. Rubrics must be adapted regularly to accurately reflect studentperformance levelsPublished SourcesHigh-quality assessment rubrics are available in various educational resources. The disadvantage ofready-made rubrics is that they may not be congruent with the learning outcomes targeted in aparticular assignmentDeveloping Rubrics in Collaboration with StudentsStudent BenefitsThis process:requires students to make judgements about the work they see, and identify the qualities of effectivewriting, speaking, and representing of science concepts; andresults in an assessment tool that students understand and feel they ownassessment criteria arenot perceived as arbitrary or imposed, but rather express students’ own observations about what

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