Include an Unscored Wonder Question
wonder question
7.1 Optimize individual choice and autonomy
Assessment Example

Include an unscored "wonder question" to give an opportunity for students to reflect on what they already know about a science concept, like matter moving through a food chain (as well as possible misconceptions). Students revisit the wonder question at the end of the test.

Non-example

Penalize the student for their answer on "thinkaloud," reflection-type answers. Convey to the student that there is a "right" answer.

Accessibility

Consider how students with visual impairments or communication support needs can respond to a wonder question.

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Assessment content only includes basic imagery or graphics that enhance student context, not adding extra information for students to process.

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