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Science Alignment & Testing. Teaching & Learning January 15, 2010 Cari Jo Kiffmeyer. Organization of the Standards. Organization of the Standards. Organization of the Standards. Organization of the Standards. 2004 vs. 2009 Benchmarks K - 5. Number of Benchmarks.

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science alignment testing

Science Alignment & Testing

Teaching & Learning

January 15, 2010

Cari Jo Kiffmeyer

2004 vs 2009 benchmarks k 5
2004 vs. 2009 Benchmarks K - 5

Number of Benchmarks

Graphic from MDE – John Olson

2004 vs 2009 benchmarks middle school 6 8
2004 vs. 2009 Benchmarks Middle School 6-8

Number of Benchmarks

Graphic from MDE – John Olson

2004 vs 2009 benchmarks high school biology
2004 vs 2009 BenchmarksHigh School - Biology

Number of Benchmarks

Graphic from MDE – John Olson

biggest change no banding
Biggest Change - No Banding
  • Why grade specific standards?
  • What considerations should be made?
notable differences k 5
Notable Differences K - 5

K-2

  • No extinction
  • Grade 1 – animals only
  • Grade 2 – plants only

Grades 3-4

- No Solar System (old standards) - Changed to Sun, Moon & Stars

  • No weather/clouds (old standards)

Grade 5

- Weakest alignment (w/ FOSS)

notable differences 6 8
Notable Differences 6-8

Grade 6

  • No static Electricity
  • Addition of Waves and Sound

Grade 7

  • Addition of Physical Science (Matter)

Grade 8

  • Addition of Physical Science (6 benchmarks, 2 standards)
changes for wayzata
Changes for Wayzata
  • Moving kits from grades 1 to 2, 3 to 4

New Plants – Insects, Earth Materials

  • Addition of 2 new kits:

Matter and Energy – grade 4

Sun Moon and Stars – grade 3

  • Kits moved to “Optional”

Ideas and Inventions

Human Body

engineering standards
Engineering Standards
  • What is difference between engineering and scientific method/process skills?
  • How do we teach the engineering standards?
  • How does FOSS handle engineering?
engineering standards foss
Engineering Standards - FOSS
  • Implicit in some units
  • Will require classroom teachers to identify and then supplement to teach
  • No specific direction for teachers in teacher guide
  • Not supplemented well in science stories

A Suggestion

Develop something more than what is currently in FOSS either with

  • Clearly identified supplemental material
  • Incorporate parts of all of EIE –Engineeering is Elem curriculum for grade
what is engineering
What is engineering?

Science:

  • A body of knowledge
  • Seeks to describe and understand the natural world and its physical properties
  • Scientific knowledge can be used to make predictions
  • Science uses a process--the scientific method--to generate knowledge

Engineering:

  • Design under constraint
  • Seeks solutions for societal problems and needs
  • Aims to produce the best solution given resources and constraints
  • Engineering uses a process--the engineering design process--to produce solutions and technologies

Technology:

  • The body of knowledge, processes, and artifacts that result from engineering
  • Almost everything made by humans to solve a need is a technology
  • Examples of technology include pencils, shoes, cell phones, and processes to treat water

http://www.mos.org/eie/

engineering design process
Engineering Design Process

ASK

  • What is the problem?
  • What have others done?
  • What are the constraints?

IMAGINE

  • What are some solutions?
  • Brainstorm ideas.
  • Choose the best one.

PLAN

  • Draw a diagram.
  • Make lists of materials you will need.

CREATE

  • Follow your plan and create it.
  • Test it out!

IMPROVE

  • Talk about what works, what doesn\'t, and what could work better.
  • Modify your design to make it better.
  • Test it out!

http://www.mos.org/eie/

comparison of typical processes
Comparison of typical processes

Observation and form a question

Hypothesis & procedure

Conduct an experiment

Refine hypothesis and experiment again

Form a conclusion and communicate it

Result: Facts & theories

Define the problem and the resources available

Develop a design

Test the design

Modify the design and test again

Analyze the design and use or market it

Result: Products & processes

Science Inquiry Engineering Design

from MDE – John Olson

foss correlation
FOSS Correlation
  • Foss Correlation
  • FOSS Recommended Alignment

Files available at http://www.grantsandresearchhelp.us/trends.asp under 2009-2010 Science: Science Alignment and Testing

sample alignment
Sample Alignment
  • Wayzata’s Alignment
  • FOSS Correlation to that alignment
  • Sample Unit Document

Files available at http://www.grantsandresearchhelp.us/trends.asp under 2009-2010 Science: Science Alignment and Testing

key to success
Key to Success
  • Science Notebooks

Training available through FOSS

eie engineering is elementary
EIE Engineering is Elementary

http://www.mos.org/eie/

how to use eie
How to use EIE…
  • In conjunction with FOSS.

EIE coorelation

File available at http://www.grantsandresearchhelp.us/trends.asp under 2009-2010 Science: Science Alignment and Testing

mca iii science testing

MCA III Science Testing

Teaching & Learning

January 15, 2010

Cari Jo Kiffmeyer

mca iii science
MCA III Science
  • No release of item type information

thoughts that there will be short constructed response that is computer scored

  • Cognitive Level Changes/Comparison
  • Operational Form Comparisons
cognitive level comparison1
MCA III

Based on Norman Well’s Depth of Knowledge Levels

Level 1 - recall

Level 2 – skill/concept

Level 3 – strategic thinking

MCA II

Follows Bloom’s Taxonomy

Level A = Knowledge

Level B = Understanding

Level C = Application,

Analysis,

Synthesis,

Evaluation

Cognitive Level Comparison
mca iii grade 5 comparison
MCA III Grade 5 comparison

Taken from Test Specs 2009 and 2004

mca iii grade 5 by substrand
MCA III Grade 5 by substrand

Taken from Test Specs 2009

mca iii grade 8 comparison
MCA III Grade 8 comparison

Taken from Test Specs 2009 and 2004

mca iii grade 8 by substrand
MCA III Grade 8 by substrand

Taken from Test Specs 2009

mca iii high school comparison
MCA III High School comparison

Taken from Test Specs 2009 and 2004

mca iii grade 9 12
MCA III Grade 9-12

Taken from Test Specs 2009

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Looking at new standard requirements

File available at http://www.grantsandresearchhelp.us/trends.asp under 2009-2010 Science: Science Alignment and Testing

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