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Standards of Achievement

Overall Portfolio

The results of the GSE are reported in terms of statewide standards which identify six levels of performance ranging from minimal to high honors. These standards establish benchmarks of the quality of performance against which student work is compared. The following Standards of Achievement provide a concrete set of challenging performance goals which allow teachers and students to identify strengths and deficiencies and to use these comparisons to foster scientific understanding.

Standards of Achievement

Level 6

Student work at this level shows insightful reflection and mastery of scientific concepts. There is exceptional evidence that entries have been revisited and improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding. The problem-solving investigation shows excellent student-generated design and accurate data collection. Qualitative and quantitative analyses and explanations of conclusions show a very high level of reasoning. Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts is present. Student work shows insightful applications drawn from outside experiences and previously learned science to relate a scientific concept to real-world situations. The student's creative expression clearly shows excellent understanding of a scientific concept that is enhanced by the presentation. Excellent growth in understanding of scientific concepts is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of work. All aspects of the tasks are completed thoroughly and contribute to the overall excellence of the portfolio. Student work displays very high quality, careful attention to detail, and exhibits excellent communication skills.

Level 5

Student work at this level shows thoughtful reflection and strong understanding of scientific concepts. There is convincing evidence that entries have been revisited and improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding. The problem-solving investigation shows very good student-generated design and accurate data collection. Qualitative and quantitative analyses and explanations of conclusions show a high level of reasoning. Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts is present. Student work shows relevant applications drawn from outside experiences and previously learned science to relate a scientific concept to real-world situations. The student's creative expression clearly shows strong understanding of scientific concepts that is enhanced by the presentation. Convincing growth in understanding of a scientific concept is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of work. All aspects of the tasks are complete and contribute to the overall excellence of the portfolio. Student work displays high quality, careful attention to detail, and commendable communication skills.

Level 4

Student work at this level shows relevant reflection and good understanding of scientific concepts. There is ample evidence that entries have been revisited and improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding. The problem-solving investigation shows strength in student-generated design and appropriate data collection. Qualitative and quantitative analyses and explanations of conclusions show a moderately high level of reasoning. Evidence of adequate collaboration that shows some improved understanding of scientific concepts is present. Student work shows valid applications drawn from outside experiences and previously learned science to relate a scientific concept to real-world situations. The student's creative expression may show good understanding of scientific concepts that may be enhanced by the presentation. Growth in understanding of a scientific concept is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of work. All major aspects of the tasks are complete and contribute to the overall quality of the portfolio. Student work displays good quality, attention to detail, and solid communication skills.

Level 3

Student work at this level shows some reflection and basic understanding of scientific concepts. There is some evidence that entries have been revisited and improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding. The problem-solving investigation shows basic skills in student-generated design and data collection. Qualitative and quantitative analyses and explanations of conclusions are incompletely substantiated. Evidence of collaboration shows some improved understanding of scientific concepts. Student work shows some applications drawn from outside experiences and previously learned science to relate a scientific concept to real-world situations. The student's creative expression may show basic understanding of a scientific concept. Some growth in understanding of scientific concepts is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of work. Some aspects of the tasks are complete. Student work shows little attention to detail and basic communication skills.

Level 2

Student work at this level shows limited reflection and limited understanding of scientific concepts. There is little evidence that entries have been revisited or improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding. The problem-solving investigation may not show skills in student-generated design and data collection. Qualitative and quantitative analyses and explanations of conclusions, if present, are flawed or incomplete. Evidence of collaboration, if present, shows limited improvement in understanding of scientific concepts. Student work shows few applications drawn from outside experiences and previously learned science to relate a scientific concept to real-world situations. The student's creative expression may show little understanding of a scientific concept or may not be enhanced by the presentation. Limited growth in understanding of scientific concepts is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of work. Tasks are largely incomplete. Student work lacks attention to detail and shows limited communication skills.

Level 1

Student work at this level lacks reflection and shows minimal understanding of scientific concepts. There may not be evidence that entries have been revisited and entries may not reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, or increased depth of understanding. The problem-solving investigation may not show skills in student-generated design and data collection. Qualitative and quantitative analyses may not be present or are largely incomplete and explanations of conclusions are not supported or substantiated. Little or no evidence of meaningful collaboration is present. Student work shows minimal applications to real-world situations. The student's work may show little or no creativity or may show minimal understanding of a scientific concept. Little or no growth in understanding of a scientific concept is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of work. Tasks are mostly incomplete. Student work lacks attention to detail and shows ineffective communication skills.


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