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Entry Scoring Guide

Problem-solving Investigation

Level 6

Student work and Self-reflection Sheet show the student's excellent skill in designing and conducting investigations. Excellent observations and data analysis indicate extensive understanding of the scientific concepts presented. Analyses and conclusions are supported by observations and data and show a very high level of reasoning. The student entry includes conclusive evidence that the student worked cooperatively with others. The Self-reflection Sheet clearly identifies how working with others improved the student's understanding of the scientific concepts presented. The student's report of the investigation makes insightful applications to real-world situations. All aspects of the task and analysis are completed thoroughly. Written expression is well-organized and contributes to clear, coherent and exemplary communication.

Level 5

Student work and Self-reflection Sheet show the student's strong skill in designing and conducting investigations. Observations and data analysis indicate very good understanding of the scientific concepts presented. Analyses and conclusions are supported by observations and data and show a high level of reasoning. The student entry includes strong evidence that the student worked cooperatively with others. The Self-reflection Sheet clearly identifies how working with others improved the student's understanding of the scientific concepts presented. The student discusses relevant applications to real-world situations. All aspects of the task and analysis are complete. Written expression is commendable and contributes to clear and coherent communication.

Level 4

Student work and Self-reflection Sheet show the student's solid skill in designing and conducting investigations. Observations and data analysis indicate solid understanding of the scientific concepts presented. Analyses and conclusions are supported by observations and data and show a moderately high level of reasoning. The student entry includes solid evidence that the student worked cooperatively with others. The Self-reflection Sheet identifies how working with others improved the student's understanding of the scientific concepts presented. The student's investigation discusses generally valid applications to real-world situations. All major aspects of the task and analysis are complete. Written expression is good and contributes to coherent and effective communication.

Level 3

Student work and Self-reflection Sheet show the student's basic skill in designing and conducting investigations. Observations and data analysis indicate basic understanding of the scientific concepts presented. Analyses and conclusions may be supported by observations and data. The student entry attempts to provide evidence that the student worked cooperatively with others. The Self-reflection Sheet identifies how working with others caused some improved understanding of the scientific concepts presented. The student mentions possible applications to real-world situations. Some aspects of the task and analysis are incomplete. Written expression shows basic communication.

Level 2

Student work and Self-reflection Sheet show the student's limited skill in designing and conducting investigations. Observations and data analysis indicate limited understanding of the scientific concepts presented. Analyses and conclusions may not be supported by observations and data or may be incomplete. The student entry provides little or no evidence that the student worked cooperatively with others. The Self-reflection Sheet may identify how working with others caused limited improvement in the student's understanding of the scientific concepts presented. The student makes limited, if any, applications to real-world situations. Tasks and analysis are largely incomplete. Written expression is flawed and shows limited communication.

Level 1

Student work and Self-reflection Sheet show the student's minimal skill in designing and conducting investigations. Observations and data analysis, if present, indicate minimal understanding of the scientific concepts presented. Analyses may be incomplete and conclusions may not be supported by observations and data. The student entry shows no evidence that the student worked cooperatively with others. The Self-reflection Sheet may identify only minimal improvement in the student's understanding of the scientific concepts presented. The student's investigation makes minimal, if any, applications to real-world situations. Tasks and analysis are mostly incomplete. Written expression is very flawed and ineffective.


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