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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Best of Science CDs

Support for Inquiry-Based Classrooms

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 professional development.

Exemplars K-5 and 6-8 CDs offer:

220 hands-on inquiry-based performance tasks.

Our open-ended material engages students while helping them develop science-process and communication skills. Tasks focus on scientific investigation and inquiry linked to earth science, physical science, life science and design technology.

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 Next Generation, STEM and state standards. Links to leading science kits, math concepts and children's literature 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.

Pricing Information for 2014-15

1 school
2-9 schools
Best of Science Exemplars, K-5 CD
$700 $610
Best of Science Exemplars, 6-8 CD
$500 $450
Best of Science Exemplars, K-8 CD SET $1,050 $920

 For districts with 10+ schools please contact us for a quote.

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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Here's What People Are Saying

One additional benefit of using the modeling format has been that teachers not only saw an Exemplars mathematics lesson modeled as intended, but they have also had the opportunity to see numerous quality strategies for communicating with students. They have seen students enticed to communicate their thoughts to peers as well as communicating their explanations on paper. Teachers have seen best practices for establishing a working community in the classroom...

Shirley McKee

Elementary Consultant

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