Here is the list of characteristics that you should follow when either writing or selecting essay questions for use in Stage 2 of any curriculum planning. Examples of these characteristics and why they are important will be discussed in class.
In science class, during a timed mastery type test restricted response essay questions are best. They are harder to write, but much easier to score in a way that is considered fair by the majority or students. Restricted response questions can be written to require a short one word or a short phrase. However, this is not a good use of this type of question, it would be better to use multiple choice type questions.
Restricted response best use in when you want the student to provide a longer answer written in one to four sentences. These longer answers can then be scored in partial credit if needed. Problems in which a student is required to use (a) mathematical formula(s) and show their work is considered a restricted response essay question. The restricted response type essay question is great at testing some knowledge and most understandings.
In science, extended response essay questions as part of a timed mastery test are not the best to use. They are very hard to score. If you want to test students’ ability to provider longer explanations, use lab or field reports to assess this ability and understanding.