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Reading Mathematics Science

Grade  

Year  

2011 Science Assessment

Grade 5

 

The fifth grade 2011 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.

Application of Science

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Applying the technological design process in a living system

Which research would help solve the problem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

93.1%

Describe how to design and test a solution to a technological design problem.

SA

Cognative Complexity 2

0.97

What is the function of one part of an organism?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

64.0%

What will happen to the living system in the absence of sunlight?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

65.2%

How could inheriting a characteristic allow an organism to better survive in an ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

78.8%

What would happen to a system if one of the subsystems was missing?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

80.7%

 

Inquiry in Science

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Controlled experiment with an earth system

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

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

59.6%

Which properties caused layers of soil to form?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

62.5%

Plan a simple controlled experiment to answer a new question.

SA

Cognative Complexity 3

0.57

Which variable was the changed (manipulated) variable in the experiment?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

87.0%

Which variable was the measured (responding) variable in the experiment?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

81.0%

What could be done to be sure results are reliable?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

76.7%

What could be learned about an ecosystem by studying a model?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

79.2%

Write a conclusion to the experiment.

SA

Cognative Complexity 3

0.91

 

Systems of Science

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Description of a living system

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

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

67.9%

What is the source of energy for a plant?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

71.3%

What is the role of an organism in an ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

75.4%

How does an animal population benefit an ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

75.7%

An organism is a subsystem of which system?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

45.4%

 

Description of a physical system

What problem is trying to be solved?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

42.4%

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

SA

Cognative Complexity 2

0.99

What question could be answered with the given data?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

66.5%

Which of three objects moved a given distance the fastest?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

84.6%

What form of energy makes something happen in the system?

CI

Cognative Complexity 1

0.44

What causes sound to be produced?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

89.4%

 

Stand alone

Scenario Description Item Description

Item Type **

Cognitive
Complexity ***

State
Performance +

Stand Alone Items

Why does the Sun appear larger than any other star?

MC

Cognative Complexity 1

49.5%

How could erosion affect an ecosystem?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

67.1%

Which describes the speed of two objects?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

81.6%

Which describes the amount of matter after a substance dissolves?

MC

Cognative Complexity 2

36.7%

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

60.5%

 


* 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
(view detail description)

 


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