sets of assessment modules were developed in response to teachers'
expressed need for a means of checking children's understanding
of the science taught at any point in the primary or lower secondary
education. The materials are based on the authors' long involvement
in national assessment.
One third of the
items in each module assess children's understanding of scientific
enquiry. The others assess knowledge and understanding parts of
the Programme of Study. Clear criteria are presented in each mark
scheme. Pupil's score on each test are related to National Curriculum
The early years set
of five modules spans levels 1-3 of the national curriculum in
England and Wales.
The upper primary
and early secondary set of eight modules assess ideas within levels
3-5 of the National Curriculum for England and Wales, the Curriculum
for Scotland and National Curriculum for Northern Ireland. Each
of the modules assess both scientific enquiry skills and teaching
of a particular content area within these curricula.
Science Assessment Series 1 (Levels 1-3)
and Other Animals
Light and Sound
Electricity and Forces
Science Assessment Series 2 (Levels 3-5)
Humans and Other Animals
Living Things in Their Environment
Light and Sound
Forces and the Earth and Beyond
The modules have
been subjected to rigorous pre-testing involving over xxxxxx thousand
pupils between years 1-7. This pre testing has involved schools
in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
It is intended that the modules could be used separately to help
the teacher accumulate information about pupils' achievement.
The modules can contribute to assessment immediately following
teaching, at the end of a year or at the end of a key stage. To
help teachers implement the modules two teachers' guides have
been developed. These describe ways in which the modules might
be administered in the classroom and provide guidance for marking.
The modules were published by