An effective assessment strategy in the form of an analytic rubric clearly based on the objectives and standards of the assignment was implemented in Advanced Scientific Research, Fall 2016. The Lit Review, or Foundational Research Sub-problem, is the first step students take in their independent research. After determining a topic for research at internship, each student retrieves a minimum of seven reputable sources and writes a literary review of these to form a basis for applied research. Prior to this assignments, students have had pre-assessments in the form of a holistic assessment of research knowledge, pre-test in APA style, and an assessment of the type of internship.
A tiered lesson plan was created and implemented in the Fall of 2016 in Advanced Scientific Research. After a series of pre-assessments, including summer work holistic rubric to assess their research knowledge and skill level, a multiple-choice pretest to pre-assess their APA and research feature knowledge, and an initial small group conference to pre-assess their research at internship type, students attend a second small group conference called the Research Map Conference. Groups of 3-4 students are created based on the pre-assements of their research level (low, middle and high) and on the type of research at internship (science lab based, engineering, education, law, medicine, etc.)
The resources for this lesson plan can be downloaded from the files below.
A choice strategy is being implement for the final Problem Based Learning unit for Magnet Foundations. which is the introductory course that all Magnet freshmen take. This year, we are creating a new class through IE2 that is a combined AP Computer Science Principles with aspects of the old Magnet Foundations (science-based) and Foundations of Engineering. As part of this, our objective was to have a final independent project that allows students to explore either science or engineering in depth through a Problem Based Learning Unit of student choice after the two AP CSP portfolio pieces are completed.
Other resources include: specific directions and holistic rubrics for each assessment listed in the lesson plan. Georgia Tech Inventure has many resources on their blog, as does the Georgia Science Fair. The Wheeler STEAM Symposium abstract directions and examples are also available to students.