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Science Grants

Assessments of Science Enabling Successful Students (ASSESS)

Awarded Institution: University of Louisville (lead)
PIMSER is a partnering organization on the project.
Project website:

Mathematics and Science Partnership Program - Funded by the Kentucky Department of Education
Year 1, October 2016 - September 2017: $205,000
Year 2, October 2017 - September 2018: $205,000


Ballard, Christian, Crittenden, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, McCracken, Todd, Trigg, and Webster County Schools


This project’s primary goal is to develop a bank of high-quality, K-8 science classroom formative assessments. These assessments will be aligned to KAS and thus be 3-dimensional, phenomenon-based, task-oriented, and intended to be embedded in the classroom practices of teachers to inform instruction. Along with the formative assessments themselves, clear success criteria will be generated to guide the grade K-8 teachers in analyzing their students’ work products.

The three specific outcome targets for teachers includes: learning a process for continued development of KAS-aligned formative assessments; learning a protocol and interpretation approaches for analyzing student work from these formative assessments; and deepening their knowledge of how to best craft and adjust daily instruction to effectively guide a progression of student sophistication in using science and engineering practices. 


Tom Tretter – UofL College of Education – Science Education Faculty
Kim Zeidler-Watters – Eastern Kentucky University – Director of PIMSER
Diane Johnson, Patti Works – PIMSER Regional Teacher Partners
Justin McFadden – UofL College of Education – Science Education Faculty
Brian Robinson – UofL Speed School of Engineering – Engineering Faculty
Stephen Henderson – Project Evaluator 

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