Inquiry-Based Performance Tasks
Best of Exemplars Science CDs
Investigations For Today's Classroom
Exemplars inquiry-based investigations provide teachers and administrators with a way of teaching and assessing science-process and communication skills. Our performance tasks are classroom tested and can be used for assessment, instruction and/or professional development.
Exemplars K-5 and 6-8 CDs offer:
Our open-ended material encourages students to communicate their thinking and reasoning. Tasks focus on scientific investigation and inquiry linked to earth, physical, life and design science concepts.
Our standards-based rubric consists of four performance levels (Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner and Expert) and four assessment categories (Scientific Tools and Technologies, Scientific Procedures and Reasoning Strategies, Scientific Communication/Using Data, and Scientific Concepts and Related Content).
Each investigation includes anchor papers that demonstrate student work at the four performance levels of the Exemplars rubric. These may also be used for student self- and peer-assessment along with our student rubric.
Material includes alignments to NGSS, state and national (STEM, AAAS and NRC) standards, as well as leading science kits and literature links.
Each task includes rich teaching notes to guide assessment and instruction, as well as interdisciplinary links to extend investigations.
Exemplars is a proven formative assessment tool that reflects student understanding, reasoning, achievement and growth to guide instruction and determine next steps for each individual learner.