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STANDARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT

The standards provide a concrete set of challenging performance goals which allow the science community (students, parents, teachers and staff) to identify strengths and deficiencies of the student and to use these comparisons to foster scientific understanding. These quality of performance benchmarks against which student work is compared will provide a source of refection and goals. The Standards of Achievement are an overall guide for the portfolio and will be used with the individual rubrics of the required four entries: experimental activity, research activity, written expression, and open format, to guide the student in a successful adventure in science that will show their potential for achievement.

Level 6 Student work is an insightful, relevant mastery of scientific concepts. There is high quality exceptional evidence that entries have been revisited and improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding.

  1. The experimental investigation is a student-developed design and demonstrates a high quality of data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and conclusion. Insightful applications are included.

  2. The research investigation establishes a clearly defined problem with exhaustive evidence of research. The research is well organized, provides a summary and gives appropriate examples and applications. Insightful inferences are included.

  3. The open format entry clearly shows excellent understanding of the scientific concept used and the concept is enhanced by the presentation style and media.

  4. The written expression shows an excellent grasp and understanding of the concept which is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of the work.

Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts is demonstrated in two of the four entries. All aspects of the entries 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 has strong, relevant 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.

  1. The experimental investigation is a student-developed design and demonstrates a very good quality of data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and conclusion. Relevant applications are included.

  2. The research investigation establishes a clearly defined problem with very good evidence of research. The research is well organized, provides a summary and gives appropriate examples and applications. Relevant inferences are included.

  3. The open format entry clearly shows strong understanding of the scientific concept used and the concept is enhanced by the presentation style and media.

  4. The written expression shows a strong grasp and understanding of the concept which is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of the work.

Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts is demonstrated in two of the four entries. All aspects of the entries are completed thoroughly and contribute to the overall excellence of the portfolio. Student work displays high quality, careful attention to detail and exhibits commendable communication skills.

Level 4 Student work 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.

  1. The experimental investigation is a student-developed design and demonstrates a good quality of data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and conclusion. Valid applications are included.

  2. The research investigation establishes a clearly defined problem with good evidence of research. The research is well organized, provides a summary and gives appropriate examples and applications. Valid inferences are included.

  3. The open format entry clearly shows good understanding of the scientific concept used and the concept is enhanced by the presentation style and media.

  4. The written expression shows a good grasp and understanding of the concept which is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of the work.

Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts is demonstrated in two of the four entries. All major aspects of the entries are completed thoroughly and contribute to the overall quality of the portfolio. Student work displays good quality, careful attention to detail and exhibits solid communication skills.

Level 3 Student work lacks relevant reflection and shows 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.

  1. The experimental investigation shows basic skills in design, data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and conclusion. Some applications are included.

  2. The research investigation establishes a clearly defined problem with some evidence of research. The research is well organized, provides a summary and gives appropriate examples and applications. Some inferences are included.

  3. The open format entry clearly shows basic understanding of the scientific concept used and the concept is may be enhanced by the presentation style and media.

  4. The written expression shows a basic grasp and understanding of the concept which is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of the work.

Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts is demonstrated in two of the four entries. Most aspects of the entries are completed thoroughly and contribute to the overall quality of the portfolio. Student work displays little attention to detail and exhibits basic communication skills.

Level 2 Student work shows limited reflection and limited understanding of scientific concepts. There is little evidence that entries have been revisited and improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding.

  1. The experimental investigation shows little student-developed design and demonstrates little quality of data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and conclusion. Few applications are included.

  2. The research investigation may define a problem with little evidence of research. The research may be organized, provides a summary and gives appropriate examples and applications. Few inferences are included.

  3. The open format entry may show some understanding of the scientific concept used and the concept may not be enhanced by the presentation style and media.

  4. The written expression shows some grasp and understanding of the concept which is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of the work.

Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts may not be demonstrated in two of the four entries. Some aspects of the entries are completed and contribute to the overall portfolio. Student work displays lack of attention to detail and exhibits limited communication skills.

Level 1 Student work lacks relevant reflection and shows minimal understanding of scientific concepts. There may not be evidence that entries have been revisited and improved to reflect newly-gained knowledge, skills, and increased depth of understanding.

  1. The experimental investigation shows little student-developed design and demonstrates little skill in data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and conclusion. Applications are not included.

  2. The research investigation does not establish a problem with evidence of research. The research is poorly organized, and may not provides a summary, appropriate examples or applications. Inferences are not included.

  3. The open format entry shows minimal understanding of the scientific concept used and the concept is not enhanced by the presentation style and media.

  4. The written expression shows minimal grasp and understanding of the concept which is demonstrated through comparison of original and revised samples of the work.

Evidence of productive collaboration that shows improved understanding of scientific concepts may not be included. Tasks are mostly incomplete. Student work lacks attention to detail and shows ineffective communication skills.


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