Contributed by: New York State Alternative Assessment in Science
Project (NYSED)
1996 Administration
Scoring Rubric 
Maximum Score  13 Points 
Question 5. Relative Speed Data Table 
2 points total 

Data Table: Speed of Bottles
Letter 
Amount of Sand 
Speed of Bottle 
A 
Full Bottle 
Fast 
B 
1/2 Full Bottle 
Medium 
C 
1/4 Full Bottle 
Slow 
Point Criteria:
 Allow 2 points if at least two (2) out of three (3) entries
in the data table are correct.
 Allow 1 point if only one (1) out of three (3) entries in the
data table is correct.
Question 6. Statement relating amount of sand to
speed of bottles 
2 points total 

Point Criteria:
 Allow 2 points if the students makes a general statement about
a directly proportional relationship between speed and the amount
of sand in the bottle.
  The more sand in the bottle, the faster it rolls.
  The less sand in a bottle, the slower its speed.
  A bottle will roll faster with more sand inside than a
bottle with less sand.
 Allow 1 point if the student restates a specific observation.
  A bottle half full of sand rolls slower than a full bottle
of sand.
Question 8. Prediction of speed of bottle X and
explanation 
3 points total 

Point Criteria:
 Prediction
  Allow 1 point for predicting that bottle X is > 1/2 to
full.
  Allow 0 points if student implies that he/she looked into
bottle X.
Question 9. Prediction of speed of a bottle 1/8
full and explanation 
3 points total 

Questions 10. & 11. Prediction of the speed of bottle
D and explanation 
3 points total 

Point Criteria:
 Prediction
 Allow 1 point for an answer that is consistent with their
data.
 Explanation
 Allow 2 points for an answer applying the data from
bottles A, B to & C to the empty bottles.
Sample of acceptable answers:
 The data shows that bottles with more sand roll faster than
bottles with less sand. So a bottle with no sand will roll
slower than the rest.
 Allow 1 point (partial credit) for an incomplete explanations
with no comparison to their data.
 The bottle rolled very slowly.
 0 points for an answer that states that the bottle will
not roll.
 0 points for an answer that only verifies the prediction

Scoring Form  Sand in Bottles 

Student ID _____________________ 
Male or Female (circle one) 
Circle the student's score for each question. Add the points for
each question and write the total score at the bottom of the scoring
form.
Total Score 
Highest possible score  13 points 

NYS Alternative Assessment in Science Project
NSF Grant #MDR9154506
Copyright, April 1996
The State University of New York
The State Education Department
Albany, New York 12234
