The SSA program makes use of several types
of assessments. The formative assessments ask students to
present their current thinking on what they are learning in
an informal, and non-threatening way. These should not be
graded, except as an all-or-none grade for completion or using
a three-level rubric for satisfactory completion (complete,
near-complete, or needs work). The summative assessments were
designed to be used for grading purposes. These assessments,
however, were not designed to be psychometrically valid or
reliable indicators of an individual student’s achievement
or skills. A schedule of lessons, activities, and assessments
is given in the Scope and Sequence in the Teachers’
of Application Materials- This is completed as a class (Lessons
2 & 3).
Specialist’s Log- Used like a learning journal after
completion of each chapter in the Specialist Training Manual
(Lessons 6, 9, 10, & 13).
Measure of Mission Readiness- Takes about 90 seconds to complete
and gives a teacher a quick idea whether students are “getting”
the main ideas (Lessons 6, 9, 10, & 13).
Stumpers Quizzes- There are two of these quizzes found in
the Lesson Plans (Lessons 4 & 9). These may or may not
be used for grading. We recommend using them as motivational
activities rather than as summative assessments. Think “game
Exploration Closure Questions- Most of these are found in
the “Enrichment Activities” section. These are
questions at the completion of each section of a hands-on
activity. The answer key for each may be found in the Teachers’
Review Questions- Teams develop answers to questions from
the readings in a “jigsaw” approach. To grade
these, you should use a rubric which concentrates on satisfactory
and accurate answers to the questions, with a grade for the
presentation. Keep in mind, however, some questions are harder
than others which may seem unfair to those who get hard questions
(Lessons 5, 8 &12)
Systems Hands-On Exploration Team Report- Teams develop answers
to questions from the explorations in a “jigsaw”
approach. To grade these, you should use a rubric which concentrates
on satisfactory and accurate answers to the questions, with
a grade for the presentation. (Lesson 10 & 11).
Mission Evaluation- You may ask your
students to complete this after the mission. It will give
you a good idea of the impact the mission had on student motivation.
Feel free to send these to Challenger for our records and
to help future development.
Teacher Evaluation- For the teacher to complete. Feel free
to send this to Challenger for our records and to help our
future curriculum development.