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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

STEM Resource Supplements

Best of Exemplars Science CDs

Investigations That Support STEM

Exemplars inquiry-based investigations are an effective way to help students' build a foundation in critical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

Exemplars science material also designed to develop students' science-process and communication skills. Our performance tasks have been classroom tested and may be used for assessment, instruction and/or professional development.

Exemplars K-5 and 6-8 CDs offer:

220 hands-on inquiry-based performance tasks.

Our open-ended material engages students and encourages them to communicate their thinking and reasoning. Tasks focus on scientific investigation and inquiry linked to earth, physical, life and design science concepts.

Assessment rubrics.

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).

Annotated anchor papers.

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 math concepts, national STEM standards as well as NGSS. Correlations to leading science kits and literature links are also available.

Teaching notes.

Each task includes rich teaching notes to guide assessment and instruction, as well as interdisciplinary links to extend investigations.

Timely and comprehensive feedback.

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.

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Our teacher-friendly tasks are designed to support both the Common Core and Citywide instructional expectations. GO Math! alignments are also available.
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The content on these CD-ROMS can be easily integrated with some of the most popular science teaching kits ... This program will provide an invaluable service to schools ..."

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Science Teacher

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