Diagnostic Science Assessments for Middle School Teachers are written tests that measure mathematics knowledge in three content domains (Physical Science; Life Science; Earth/Space Science) and across four types of knowledge (Declarative Knowledge; Scientific Inquiry and Procedures; Schematic Knowledge; Pedagogical Content Knowledge). Researchers, professional development providers, and course instructors can administer the assessments as pre- and post-tests before and after workshops, institutes, or courses to determine growth in teachers' content knowledge. Multiple parallel versions of each assessment are available.
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Curtis, R., Bolyard, J., Cairns, D., Loomis, D. L., Mathew, S., & Watts, K. (2017, April 27). Teachers Engaged in STEM and Literacy (TESAL): Engineering Design for Middle School Teaching and Learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Tretter, T. R., Brown, S. L., Bush, W. S., Saderholm, J. C., & Holmes, V. (2013). Valid and reliable science content assessments for science teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 24(2), 269-295.