A major goal of our work is the development of a summative assessment that can be used to measure pre-service elementary teachers’ content knowledge for teaching (CKT) about matter and its interactions.

Use the drop-down menu to learn more about our CKT assessment development process and access example CKT assessment items about matter and its interactions. As part of our research study, we also developed a score report to help elementary science teacher educators understand the assessment results from their pre-service elementary teachers’ responses on the CKT assessment instrument. In our study, the pre-service elementary teachers took the assessment at two time points – at the beginning (pretest) and at the end (posttest) of the semester—and the example score report provides results for both these time points.

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