Does Inquiry Journeys have assessments?
Inquiry Journeys takes the struggle out of creating assessments, providing teachers with pre-assessments, formative assessments in every lesson, checkpoint assessments across units, and summative assessment support.
- Inquiry Journeys contains pre-assessment tasks that provide teachers the opportunity to gauge the prior knowledge and skills of students. These pre-assessments occur at the beginning of every Inquiry Journeys unit.
- Inquiry Journeys provides formative assessment tools in every lesson, from teacher checklists to student-created responses. Assessment tools contain or connect to specific look-fors that align to lesson objectives and build toward module objectives. These tools assess understanding and skills across a diverse set of tasks, including written claims, creative responses, and others.
- Checkpoint assessments are aligned to module objectives and designed to check understanding of concepts and development of skills after a period of sustained investigation. In Inquiry Journeys, checkpoint assessments are suggested at the end of each Investigation and Action Module. These tools prompt students to draw conclusions and demonstrate understanding in diverse ways, often through formal performance tasks.
- The product rubric serves as the summative assessment for an Inquiry Journeys unit. This rubric is co-created with students at the beginning of the Action Module according to a specific process described in a detailed lesson plan. As part of this process, teachers should incorporate key social studies concepts and content that aligns with school, district, or state expectations into the Success Criteria.