Are Students Learning? Find Out with EiE Assessment Tools

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/1/16 11:00 AM

Students engineering alarm circuits
Measure learning progress with research-tested assessments.

Every Thursday on the EiE blog we share resources and tips to help you teach your best!

If you’re teaching the Engineering is Elementary curriculum for the first time, maybe you’re wondering how to assess student learning. Engineering assessments ARE a bit different from the ones you use for math or ELA. For your convenience, there’s a whole suite of ready-to-use, research-tested assessment tools available for the EiE curriculum. These tools include:

  • Lesson-Specific Rubrics
  • Lesson-Specific Assessments
  • General Assessments
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Topics: Assessment

How Do We Assess Engineering Literacy? Nation’s Report Card is a Great First Step

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 6/14/16 11:00 AM

A guest blog by EiE founder and director Christine Cunningham

Are America’s schools doing a good job educating K-12 students about technology and engineering? Last month, the National Center for Education Statistics arrived at a noteworthy landmark when it released a report on the results of the first-ever assessment of Technology and Engineering Learning (TEL).

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Topics: Assessment

How Do You Measure Engineering Learning?

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 3/15/16 11:00 AM

The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are bringing engineering into elementary classrooms. They're opening the door to new ways of learning, but these standards also pose a challenge when it comes to assessments. Engineering is a team effort, but most assessments are designed to be taken by individual students.

2015.05.05_E4.jpgWhen kids work in a group, what can you say about each individual student with respect to level of engagement? Performance? Learning progress? EiE is developing new assessments that address these questions as component of E4, an NSF-funded study that compares the effectiveness of two elementary engineering curricula.

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Topics: Engineering Habits of Mind, Assessment

What Do Kids Learn When They Engineer?

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/5/15 2:17 PM

The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are bringing engineering into elementary classrooms, opening the door to new ways of learning but also posing a challenge when it comes to assessments. Engineering is a team effort, but most assessments are designed to be taken by individual students.

2015.05.05_E4.jpgWhen kids work in a group, what can you say about each individual student with respect to level of engagement? performance? learning progress? EiE is developing new assessments that address these questions as component of E4, an NSF-funded study that compares the effectiveness of two elementary engineering curricula.

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Topics: Engineering Habits of Mind, Assessment