Middle Science DTAMS

Primary Documents

Middle Science DTAMS assessments are available in three content domains: Physical Science (PS), Life Science (LS), and Earth/Space Science (ES). Each assessment is composed of 25 items – 20 multiple choice and 5 open response, each with parts (a) and (b). Multiple parallel versions of each assessment are available.

Supporting Documents

Selected Papers and Presentations

  • Saderholm, J., & Tretter, T. R. (2008). Identification of the most critical content knowledge base for middle school science teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 19(3), 269-283. doi: 10.1007/s10972-008-9092-9
    [detailed description of process for identifying content breadth coverage of PS DTAMS – similar process used for LS and ES]
  • Tretter, T. R., Brown, S. L., Bush, W. S., Saderholm, J. C., & Holmes, V. (2013). Valid and reliable science content assessments for science teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 24(2), 269-295. doi: 10.1007/s10972-012-9299-7
    [describes multiple sources of validity & reliability for middle science DTAMS plus results from >4000 teachers nationwide which may serve as useful comparison]
  • Tretter, T. R., Philipp, S. B., & Brown, S. L. (2012, March). Characteristics of Teachers and Professional Development that Predict Growth in Life Science Content Knowledge. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
    Conference Paper
  • Tretter, T. R. (2010, May). Strengthening and assessing teachers’ physics content knowledge. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
    Conference Short Paper