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Twitter Chat: Assessment of STEM Education

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The five W’s of measuring student growth and learning in STEM Education

Measuring student growth and learning has gained a significant amount of national attention in recent years, for better or worse. What are the best ways to assess STEM learning? There is tremendous value in discovering what students are learning in the classroom, how they are growing as individuals and future engineers, and how we can better prepare them for the global economy.

At Project Lead The Way (PLTW), we support the use of balanced assessment in the classroom. We see this as a win-win for teachers and students. By taking this approach, teachers can make instructional changes, and students have the opportunity to lead their own learning. By using a variety of assessment types in the classroom, we can promote higher student achievement and measure growth and learning.

Let’s clear the air on what it really means to measure student learning and better understand the many benefits that assessments can provide. Let’s talk the who, what, when, where, and why of measuring student learning in STEM education.

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8pm EDT, join PLTW, Big Beacon, and a group of talented experts and educators who are passionate about measurement for

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a lively Twitter chat to talk about the “five W’s” of student growth and learning in STEM education. Use #BigBeacon to follow along.


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit

How to Twitter Chat

If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy. First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday go to and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting. Alternatively, automate the hashtag search and append feature by using the free service Tchat at


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