Assessment Tools for Professional Development

Professional development is a medium used to increase the content and pedagogical content understanding of science teachers, produce transformative learning, and build professional learning communities. Research indicates that professional development must be a continuous process of improvement to be effective. So, how do we measure the efficacy of professional development? How do we minimize the variance in professional development delivery? What metrics are employed to evaluate professional development?

The following examples and URLs are provided to provide a research base for PD evaluations and some tools you might want to consider in your evaluation design.

Tool: Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES)

CLES Questionnaire CLES Questionnaire (doc)
CLES for Math CLES for Math (doc)
Description for the CLES Scales Description of the CLES Scales (doc)
CLES Study CLES Study (pdf)
CLES Validity Study CLES Validity Study (doc)
Validity of CLES for Math Validity of CLES for Math (doc)
Validity of CLES for Science Validity of CLES for Science (doc)
Constructivit Learning Environment Survey Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (doc)
Web Site with Links about CLES Web site with Links about CLES

Tool: View Of Nature Of Science (VNOS)

VNOS B VNOS B (pdf)
VNOS E - Elementary Teachers VNOS E – Elementary Teachers (pdf)
VNOS BC VNOS BC (doc)
Research Using VNOS Research Using VNOS (pdf)
Website on using the VNOS Website on using the VNOS

Tool: Teacher Pedagogical Philosophy Interview (TPPI)

TPPI Questions TPPI Questions (doc)
PowerPoint of Research using TPPI Model PowerPoint of Research using TPPI Model (ppt)
Journal Article of Research Using TPPI Journal Article of Research Using TPPI (pdf)

Modified Assessment of Science Knowledge (MASK)

MASKS Info MASKS Info (pdf)
The Nature of Science and Scientific Knowledge The Nature Of Science And Scientific Knowledge: Implications For Designing A Preservice Elementary Methods Course (pdf)
Elementary Science Methods Elementary Science Methods: Strategies to Measure and Develop Student Views about the Nature of Science (pdf)

Other Interesting Documents About Assessing Teacher Knowledge

Citizen Science Citizen Science (pdf)
Second Career Science Teachers
Second Career Science Teachers (doc)
The Dilemma of Assessment in Education
The Dilemma of Assessment in Education (doc)
Nature of Science: Past, Present and Future
Nature of Science: Past, Present and Future (pdf)
P Johnson STAM
P Johnson STAM (doc)
RTOP as a Catalyst
RTOP as a Catalyst (doc)

Guidelines For Assessment – Statistical Education

K-12 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistical Education K-12 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistical Education (GAISE Framework)
GAISE Framework Introduction GAISE Framework Introduction (pdf)
GAISE Framework - Level A GAISE Framework - Level A (pdf)
GAISE Framework - Level B GAISE Framework – Level B (pdf)
GAISE Framework - Level C GAISE Framework – Level C (pdf)
GAISE Framework - Appendices GAISE Framework – Appendices (pdf)
GAISE Framework - References GAISE Framework – References (pdf)