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Glenbrook South High School Science Scoring Rubric: Student Laboratory Reports

Chris Hilvert
Glenbrook South High School
Glenview, IL


Problem Statement

The student is to clearly identify the problem under investigation as accurately and completely as possible from background information. The students explanation should strive to be precise and thorough.

Experimental Hypothesis

The student should predict what will happen based on proper use and interpretation of background information, not merely on what he or she thinks will happen.

Experimental Design

The explanation of the design should include:
  1. A listing of all materials to be used, relating the materials to the dependent and independent variables as appropriate and noting controls to be placed on the study as needed.

  2. A description of the design of the study, including:
    a. What data will be collected?
    b. How many trials will be completed?
    c. How will variables be controlled?
    d. How will the data be interpreted?
    e. What graphs or charts will be based on the data collected?

  3. A description of all safety concerns and how each will be addressed.

Data Collection, Display, and Analysis

The student conducts the experiment, carefully and systematically making measurements and entering data. Graphic presentation(s) of data is produced appropriate to the analysis.

Conclusion

This includes a statement of what data results indicate (data analysis) and whether data supports or does not support the hypothesis. In addition, experimental errors should be identified and their possible effect on the reported results. Students are to discuss possible applications and extensions of research findings, indicate other studies which have been or may be conducted to support the conclusion of the experiment.

Problem Statement
1234
Statement of problem is irrelevant or erroneous

Limited or no relevant explanation

Problem partially identified with partial validity

Limited relevant explanation

Problem sufficiently identified with some validity

Basic relevant explanation

Problem is appropriately identified

Precise, clear and relevant explanation

Experimental Hypothesis
1234
Unreasonable association between problem and predicted results

Results are not operationalized

Defends or challenges established knowledge

Scant use of scientific concepts and vocabulary

Association between problem and predicted results

Made attempt to operationalize key variables

Hypothesis has some relationship to established knowledge but is not supported

Scientific concepts and vocabulary used, but contains errors

Reasonable association between the problem and the predicted results

Key variables are operationalized

Hypothesis has a reasonable relationship with established knowledge; this relationship is generally supported

Scientific concepts and vocabulary used without significant error

Association between the problem and the predicted results is direct and relevant

All variables are clearly operationalized

Hypothesis clearly refutes or defends established knowledge and is fully supported

Student demonstrates facility in the use of scientific concepts and vocabulary

Experimental Design
1234
Design is not relevant to the hypothesis

List of materials and controls incomplete

Some procedural components generally described but are not replicable

Safety concerns are not specified, are irrelevant or are not appropriate to the experiment

Design has general relevance to the hypothesis

List of materials and controls is nearly complete, missing at least one important item

Description makes it possible to replicate the experiment if researcher makes some inferences

Safety concerns miss at least one important consideration; procedures will result in some risk to student safety if not revised

Design is adequate to test the hypothesis

List of materials and controls is complete and some description provided

Description makes it likely that the experiment can be reliably replicated

All major safety concerns are adequately addressed; procedures adopted are likely to produce a safe experiment -- some further refinement could minimize possible discomfort to the student

Design is a well-constructed test of the stated hypothesis

List of materials and controls is complete and thoroughly described

The description of the experiment is complete, insuring that it can be replicated

Safety concerns are fully addressed and procedures for conducting the experiment insure that there is little or no risk of safety or discomfort to the student

Data Collection & Analysis
1234
Data are inaccurate

Data are haphazardly recorded

Data table missing

Most data are collected but checks are not placed on measurement to insure accuracy

Data are recorded in a manner that threatens reliability

Data table incomplete or contain inconsistencies

All significant data measured with some checks placed on measurement for accuracy

Data recorded effectively

The data table is relevant to the task requirements

All significant data measured, checks are placed on measurements for accuracy

Data recorded effectively and efficiently

The data table well-designed to the task requirements

Data Display
1234
Graph form inappropriate

Data points missing or incorrect

Inappropriate labeling

Intervals inappropriate

Graph form is appropriate

All data points included, some inaccurately plotted

Labeling lacks clarity

Intervals are appropriate

Graph form is appropriate, multiple graphs used as warranted

All data points included and accurately plotted

Labeling clear

Intervals appropriate

Graph visually designed to assist reader

All graph forms are appropriate, multiple graphs used as warranted

All data points accurately plotted

Labeling clear

Intervals appropriate

Graph visually compelling, highlights conclusions of the study

Conclusion
1234
Inconclusive, or conclusion not warranted by data analysis Conclusion too general or over- reaches the data analysis

Conclusion uses the language of the experiment but does not translate conclusion to its relevance to the original problem

Conclusion precise, related to the hypothesis

Conclusion uses operational terms of the experiment and attempts to translate the conclusion to make it relevant to the original problem

The conclusion related to general interest and other studies

Conclusion precisely stated, relates directly to support or non-support of the hypothesis

Conclusion uses operational terms and suggests how the conclusion has relevancy in resolution of the original problem

Conclusion relates the study to general interest, other studies that have been or could be conducted


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