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  • Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series

    Science Formative Assessment Probes K-12+

    1. Elicit common misconceptions
    2. Assessments that inform instruction
    3. Assessments that promote learning
    4. NSTA's best-selling assessment series!
  • Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics Series

    Mathematics Formative Assessment Probes K-12+

    1. Elicit common errors and misconceptions
    2. Assessment that informs instruction
    3. Assessment that promotes learning
    4. QUEST Cycle for teachers as researchers
  • Formative Assessment Practical Strategies Series

    Get the FACTs!

    1. FACTs- Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques
    2. Link assessment, instruction, and learning
    3. Build a repertoire of purposeful, effective strategies
    4. Promote student success through continuous assessment

What's New

It's finally here! The second volume in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science- 39 Electricity and Magnetism Formative Assessment Probes by Page Keeley and Rand Harrington is now available as a new release through the NSTA Store. Check out this latest volume of probes organized around Electric Charge, Electric Circuits, Magnets and Magnetism, and Electromagnetism. These probes are for Grades 3-12 students and teachers, and are especially useful in uncovering students' ideas in preparation for engineering design activities that involve electric circuits, magnets, and electromagnets. You can read more about this new volume and download a free chapter and probe by clicking here.


It's here! This first book in the USI series that is specifically for K-2 primary grades students and teachers is now available through NSTA or Click here to read more about it and download a free probe ("Is It Made of Parts?") and chapter that includes connections to the NGSS practices and Common Core speaking and listening standards as well as suggestions for using talk moves with the probes. Several of the probes can be revisited with grades 3-5 students. The visual nature of these probes is great for use with English language learners.


Interested in acquiring e-versions of the probes? You can now purchase Uncovering Student Ideas in Science e-licenses from NSTA for your school or district. Click here to for more information.










Page Keeley presented several sessions on Formative Assessment at the April 2013 NSTA Conference in San Antonio. A real highlight was seeing other educators present sessions using the Uncovering Student Ideas probes and the formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTs). These science specialists from the Boston Public Schools gave an outstanding presentation on formative assessment.



Science educators from New England attend a Formative Assessment and Inquiry workshop March 9, 2013 with Page Keeley at the Museum of Science in Boston, held at their Educator Resource Center.










A great group of leaders from the Texas Regional Collaboratives met at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences for a two-day immersion into Science Formative Assessment.










Other News

 Get the latest updates on the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series and workshops and presentations led by Page Keeley by following Page on Twitter.


Page Keeley will be leading a Science Education Delegation to Cuba, Fall 2014. This is an extraordinary professional travel opportunity to visit schools and universities and expand your knowledge of global science education. And yes- we will share formative assessment probes and techniques with our Cuban colleagues! Click here for more information on how to participate in this Cuban/U.S. government-approved opportunity to visit a country where few Americans have access!


Page Keeley receives the National Science Education Leadership Association's (NSELA) Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award (OLISE) at the Annual Members Breakfast during the NSTA San Antonio National Conference. This prestigious award recognizes and honors an NSELA member, who, through their professional work, has demonstrated outstanding leadership in science education at the school, district, county, regional, and/or national level.


See Author, Page Keeley, discuss the NSTA Uncovering Student Ideas series on YouTube video!





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What People Say

Page Keeley's science probes have changed the direction of science education in Orange County. We are grateful to Page for the work she has done with our teachers and for the achievement gains we have seen as a result!

       Bonnie Mizell, Instructional Coach, Howard Middle School, Orlando, FL
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