Nature of Science is all about 'what science is' and 'how it works'. The movies posted on the Homepage provide an introduction to Nature of Science for Administrators and Teachers in K-12 environments.
The videos below address generalized best practice strategies for assessing science content, including Nature of Science. They deal specifically with the use of Formative Assessment strategies.
Formative Data-Based Leadership Part 1
Part one introduces the concept of formative data-based decision making and formative data-based leadership, describes the theory and practice of formative assessment, its relationship to school leadership, the learning sciences and what we call the cycle of learning.
Formative Data-Based Leadership Part 2(a)
Part two(a) is a question and answer about key aspects of formative assessment.
Formative Data-Based Leadership Part 2(b)
Part two(b) is a continuation of the question and answer sequence and explores the evidence of formative assessments impact on student learning as well as a framework for understanding it in action.
Formative Data-Based Leadership Part 3
Part three is final segment in the question and answer sequence and explores formative assessment in the context of the learning sciences, leadership and data-based decision making.
Formative Data-Based Leadership Part 4
This is the last of the series and focuses on an iterative approach to formative data-based leadership that emphasizes using data to look more deeply at the underlying instructional and learning variables behind student performance.
Specific tools you can use to assess Nature of Science and Science Process Skills include things like, Draw-A-Scientist and VNOS. A simple web search will provide access to these tools, which you can download and use with your students over the course of the year to learn more about how the students' ideas are changing about the major tenets and processes of science.