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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



The process has begun to link connections between probes and disciplinary core ideas from the Framework and the NGSS. Life and Physical Science probe connections are now available to download by clicking here or going to the Resources tab above. 


The 12th book in the Uncovering Student Ideas series is now ready for pre-orders before it becomes available in March 2020. Uncover grades 3-12 students (and teachers) ideas about technology, engineering practices, and the nature of engineering. Addresses practices and disciplinary core ideas in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS. Includes Spanish versions opposite each English language student page. Click here for more information.


The book chemistry teachers and K-8 teachers of physical science have been waiting for is finally here!  Click here to learn more about the latest book in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series..


Build your repertoire of formative assessment techniques. Click here for the list of 164 formative assessment classroom techniques included in this series.


 Available now! The second edition of the first book in this series, first published in 2005, has been updated and includes a Spanish language probe opposite the English language version. Some of the probes have been changed for readability and better distracters, the NGSS and Framework connections have been added, the research summaris have been updated with current research, and the instructional suggestions have been updated including connections to practices and phenomena. Available now through NSTA Press or Amazon.


Do you use the 5E Instructional Model? Click here for suggestions on how to embed the USI formative assessment probes or the FACTs (formative assessment classroom techniques) into the 5E Model.


Pleased to announce that I have resumed writing a monthly column for NSTA's Science and Children journal on using the formative assessment probes. For a list of all 57 column articles, from the 2010-2018 issues, click here. Great resource for PLC's!


Cheryl and I are happy to announce that Vol. 2 Mathematics Formative Assessment is now available. This book contains 50 more strategies (in addition to the 75 in Vol. 1) so that mathematics educators now have access to 125 strategies to link assessment, instruction, and learning! Click here for more information.


Uncovering Students Ideas in Earth and Enviromental Science series is available! You can order the book through NSTA Press or Sections include Land and Water (7 probes); Water Cycle, Weather, and Climate (8 probes); Earth History, Weathering, Erosion, and Plate Tectonics (12 probes), and Natural Resources, Polluion, and Human Impact (5 probes).

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science! Konicek-Moran and Keeley's science education opus is now available and has already become a best-seller! A blend of theory, research, personal vignettes, and practical strategies and suggestions, including a chapter on instructional strategies that support conceptual understanding in science and the Framework for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning when using the formative assessment probes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Click here to order.


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. 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.


Update: 2016 Winner of the REVERE Award from the American Association of Educational Publishers! This new book for K-5, features a formative assessment probe, a purpose for using the probe, and a formative assessment classroom technique (FACT) with a detailed description of formative assessment in practice. An added feature is the discussion reflection questions at the end of each of the 30 chapters- questions for discussion/reflection after reading the chapter and questions for discussion/reflection after implementing the strategy. And follow up resources for extending the learning. This is a great resource for professional learning groups, leaders of professional development, and pre-service education. Learn more and download a free chapter by clicking here.


This first book in the USI series is specifically for K-2 primary grades students and teachers and 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 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. This book received the American Educational Publishers (AEP) Distinguished Award for assessment in 2014!













Meeting teachers from Knoxville, Tennessee at Page Keeley's book signing at the NSTA Area Conference in Charlotte, NC. 



One of my favorite moments at the 2018 NSTA National Conference in Atlanta was meeting Kristen Eads at the NSTA Bookstore. Kristen is a senior at Ohio University majoring in science education and going on to get her masters in ed. administration. A very impressive educator and future leader. She had an armful of my books!


 Page Keeley meets with former Bowling Green State University students and professors, local Toledo teachers, and Project ASSETS I & II teachers on June 30. Project ASSETS: Advancing the Science Skills of Elementary Teachers and Students is a science/STEM professional development program for grades 3-5 teachers in Ohio.


Page Keeley and Cheryl Rose Tobey gave a joint keynote at the McGraw-Hill Math & Science Symposium at La Cantera Resort, San Antonio, TX in June. The interactive talk, "What Do Students Really Know and Think About Scientific and Mathematical Ideas", illustrated the similarities in types of preconceptions, misunderstandings, and intuitive rules students in both science and mathematics have about fundamental concepts.


 Page Keeley gives a keynote and book signings at 2016 state conferences: Georgia Science Teachers Association (February 2016), Alabama Science Teachers Association (February 2016), Rhode Island Science Teachers Association (March 2016), Massachusetts Science Teachers Association (November 2016), and Texas CAST (November 2016).


 Page Keeley and Cheryl Rose-Tobey give the joint keynote at the Iowa Science and Mathematics Teachers Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, Sept 21, 2015. What Are Students Really Thinking About Scientific and Mathematical Ideas?


Page Keeley gives the keynote at the June 2015 McGraw-Hill Education STEM Symposium in Santa Fe and enjoys meeting with district science leaders from Louisiana!


Elementary and Middle School teachers and specialists from Lafayette and the East Baton Rouge Parish School District and Math-Science Partnership Project come together with Page Keeley on May 13, 2014 to learn about formative assessment in mathematics using probes from the Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathemetics and strategies from Mathematics Formative Assessment.


Science Formative Assessment in Medellin, Colombia! A partnership between the TRC, IC2 (both at UT Austin), UTSA, Parque Explora, and the City of Medellin STEAM LABs 2014 is bringing innovation to the schools of Medellin, Colombia. May 6-9 was the Development Kick-Off involving teachers from 11 schools and professors from local universities who are supporting the work.  Pictured are Carol Fletcher (UT Austin), Jennifer Kaszuba (UT Austin) and Josue Machuca (La Institucion Educativa Jose Maria Bernal)


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

Due to the Corona virus pandemic, Page Keeley will not be offering in person, on site professional development to districts until it is safe to do so. For districts interested in summer or fall 2020 workshops, customized online Zoom workshops are available. Please contact Page for more information if your district is interested in scheduling a Zoom workshop. 

 Uncovering Student Ideas in Science goes to England! Page Keeley will be a featured speaker at the ASE Conference (the sister organization of NSTA in the UK) in Birmingham, England in January 2019.


 Page Keeley receives the 2018 Distinguished Service to Science Education Award at the NSTA National Conference in Atlanta, GA.


New Second Edition is Now in Print and Available! The best seller, Science Formative Assessment- 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning (Keeley 2008) - has been updated with a new 2nd Edition. With several new examples of the original 75 FACTs (formative assessment classroom techniques) and additional cbackground material, including links to the core disciplinary ideas and scientific practices in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS, this book updates the previous edition. Check out the new, updated version available through NSTA or Corwin Press!

Off the press and available now- 2nd volume of the bestseller! Science Formative Assessment (Vol. 2)- 50 More Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning by Page Keeley. Added feature: Connections to the NGSS core ideas, practices, and cross-cutting concepts. Between all 3 books in this series, there are 138 different FACTs (formative assessment classroom techniques). Click here to download the list of 138 FACTs. Order from NSTA Press, Corwin Press or


Honored to announce that Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science received the Distinguished Award for Assessment from the American Educational Publishers Association. The award was received by my publisher, NSTA Press, at the annual AEP Awards Gala in Washington DC. Congratulations NSTA Press!


 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 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 at the 2015 NSTA Chicago National Conference on this 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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