Intermediate school is designed to provide a strong foundation for students in science in order to prepare them for the high school science sequence consisting of biology, chemistry and physics. Although there is some controversy that students are being over-tested on a yearly basis, an eighth grade science test should remain a cornerstone in science assessment. We have designed a two part -end of year- 8th grade science test that accesses both "Knowledge and Concepts" (Part I), and "Reasoning and Analysis Skills" (part II). Most of the science material used for the test is consistent with current intermediate school textbooks. Several questions require more rigorous mathematics that is contained within the newly initiated Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards have not yet completed a science curriculum (see: Core Standards home page for updates), but we expect that material contained in these two tests will be included in that curriculum. Both parts of the test allow the student to answer the questions online, and then have the test graded. Students can view a graph that shows how previous students who took the test performed on each question. A correct answer sheet is provided, and help pages with information pertaining to each question are available.
25 QUESTION EACH PART -- GRADED ONLINE
BIOLOGY--- CHEMISTRY -- PHYSICS -- EARTH SCIENCE
1-- KNOWLEDGE AND CONCEPTS
--Try the whole test or take by subject area (s)--
|Earth Science||#1,#7,#12,#16, #20,#22||24%|
TARGET GROUP -- END OF YEAR 8TH GRADE OR ACCELERATED 7TH GRADE -- ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADES