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Science: Grade 5

 

Grade  

Year  

Reading Writing Mathematics Science

The fifth grade 2012 Science Assessment consisted of

  • 1 inquiry scenario
  • 2 system scenarios
  • 1 application scenario
  • 5 stand alone items

There were 25 multiple choice items (1 point), 1 completion item (1 point) and 4 short answer items (2 points) for a total of 34 points.

The points were equally balanced between physical, Earth/space, and living systems.

Inquiry Scenario

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Controlled experiment with an earth system

Which variable was kept the same (controlled) in the experiment?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

83.7%

What could be done to be sure results are reliable?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

66.7%

Write a conclusion to the experiment.

SA

Cognative Complexity 3

1.0

What causes the Sun to be different in appearance than other stars?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

52.0%

What tool is used to solve a given problem?

CI

Cognative Complexity 1

0.7

What should be done with unexpected results to an experiment?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

72.9%

What causes day and night on Earth?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

72.5%

Plan a simple controlled experiment to answer a new question.

SA

Cognative Complexity 3

0.7

 

Systems Scenario

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Description of a living system
Released Scenario

What is the role of an organism in an ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

77.4%

What is the source of energy for a plant?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

75.7%

An organism is a subsystem of which system?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

53.9%

How does an animal population benefit an ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

76.8%

How does a change to an ecosystem affect erosion in the system?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

71.9%

Description of a physical system
Released Scenario

What form of energy makes something happen in the system?

CI

Cognative Complexity 1

0.6

What question could be answered with the given data?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

68.8%

Describe two possible causes and solutions to a problem in the system.

SA

Cognative Complexity 2

1.0

What problem is trying to be solved?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

44.4%

What causes sound to be produced?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

90.3%

Which of three objects moved a given distance the fastest?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

88.4%

 

Application Scenario

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Applying the technological design process in an earth system

What form of energy is present as something happens in the system?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

88.7%

What part of an organism performs a given function?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

89.8%

What caused erosion in the system?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

80.7%

What question could be answered with the materials set up as shown in the diagram?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

62.1%

How could a solution to a technological design problem be scientifically tested?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

72.7%

Describe two careers which use knowledge about the system.

SA

Cognative Complexity 2

0.6

 

Stand Alone

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Stand Alones

Which characteristic can an organism inherit from the organism's parent?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

74.9%

Which property of an object does a spring scale measure?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

58.2%

How does the total mass of all the pieces of a broken object compare to the mass of the unbroken object?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

61.5%

How could erosion affect an ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

67.7%

Which is a nonliving part of the ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

83.4%

 


* Scenario Description
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** Item Type

  MC: Multiple Choice item
        (1 point)
  CI: Completion item
        (1 point)
  SA: Short Answer item
        (2 points)

 

*** Cognitive Complexity
Levels
Cognitive Complexity Comparison 1 = Recall & Reproduction
Cognitive Complexity Comparison 2 = Skills & Concepts
Cognitive Complexity Comparison 3 = Strategic Thinking
(view detail description)

 

+ State Performance
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