Science – It’s Elementary!

To showcase the importance of using formative assessment practices to support learning, and as part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the importance of science education starting in the early primary grades, the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce a new contest, Science: It’s Elementary! Open to kindergarten through grade five California public school teachers, the CDE is calling for submissions demonstrating the use of the formative assessment process in the study of science. The contest seeks to feature classrooms where the formative assessment process is used to guide the study of science phenomena based on the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). Access the Formative Assessment Process to find out more about how to support all students in meeting learning goals. Access the Elementary Science Standards to learn more about the disciplinary core ideas and grade level topics.

Finalists will be interviewed and a video produced that will be used for California educator voting. Finalists also will be invited to attend the first annual California Assessment Conference external icon, October 16–18, 2019, where the winner will be announced. The winner will receive up to $1,000 in prize money for science resources for the classroom.