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    The Next Frontier: Pivot Interactives and Student Assessment

    March 2021

    Last March, when the pandemic forced so many educators to pivot to remote teaching overnight, everything changed. There were myriad logistical issues to deal with, but one of the most important things that changed was the ability to gauge how well students were engaged with their studies.

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    “I Made This for You”: The Evolution of Formative Assessment in STEM

    March 2021

    Assessments could be intimidating and didn’t take into account the ways students had practiced communicating their understanding in the preceding lessons. The way assessment was implemented often felt exclusionary for some students, especially those who struggled with historically limited modalities of teaching.

  • Page Keeley

    5 Expert Tips for Using Formative Assessment in the Classroom

    March 2021

    According to author and education expert Page Keeley, formative assessment is one of the most effective strategies for improving the opportunity for all students to learn. This teaching tool gives educators valuable information to design their lessons to meet their students’ needs. However, some teachers may struggle with how to use formative assessment as a vital part of their everyday instruction.

  • Chris Lazzaro

    Understanding Students’ Science Knowledge with Formative Assessments

    March 2021

    Formative assessment can provide a powerful way to help science educators drive their instruction and, in turn, help students succeed. But, what exactly does this look like in today’s educational environment? How can educators leverage technology and incorporate hands-on science as part of the assessment process?

The Caliper started as a printed, biannual newsletter in 1984. See the evolution of STEM education over 37 years.