Grade 58 Performance Task
Contributed by: New York State Education Department (NYSED)
NYS Alternative Assessment in Science Project (1994)
Maximum Score  18 points
Task 1 Data Table 
12 points total 
Standard: The student will accurately record data on a
data table.
Criteria:
A. Accurately measured mass of each of the
samples within +/ 0.5 grams. 
3 points


Teacher Answers 

wood 
_________________ 
1 point 
Soap A 
_________________ 
1 point 
Soap B 
_________________ 
1 point 
B. Accurately measuring sample dimension =/0.5cm

3 points

All nine (9) measurements correct 

3 points 
eight (8) measurements correct 

2 points 
seven (7) measurements correct 

1 point 
less than seven (7) measurements correct 

0 points 
C. Accurately calculating volume of the samples
according to their measurements 
3 points


Teacher Answers 

wood 
_________________ 
1 point 
Soap A 
_________________ 
1 point 
Soap B 
_________________ 
1 point 
D. Accurately calculating density based on
student data for each sample 
3 points


Teacher Answers 

wood 
_________________ 
1 point 
Soap A 
_________________ 
1 point 
Soap B 
_________________ 
1 point 
Task 2 Sketch and Label 
3 points total 
Standard: The student will correctly place and label each
of the samples in the diagram (based on the student's calculated
densities.
Criteria:
3 samples correctly placed and labeled 

3 points 
2 samples correctly placed and labeled 

2 points 
1 sample correctly placed and labeled 

1 point 
no samples correctly placed and labeled 

0 points 
Task 3 Ice Cube` 
1 point total 
Standard: The student will accurately sketch and label
an ice cube in the given diagram.
Criteria:
An accurate sketch and label in the location
of the ice cube 

1 point 
Inaccurate or no sketch and label of ice cube 

0 points 
Task 4 Ocean Water 
2 points total 
Standard: The student will describe and explain in a complete
sentence what would happen to the four objects in ocean water.
Criteria:
A logical, reasonable answer in a complete sentence 

2 points 
Examples: 


All objects float higher in ocean water than
in fresh water. 
OR 

Ocean water is more dense than fresh water and
would push the objects higher. 


A logical, complete answer not in a complete
sentence 

1 point 
No answer or improbable answer even if a complete
sentence 

0 points 
Highest Possible Score  18 points
Soap, Wood, and Water  Scoring Form
Student ID _____________
Male / 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.
1. Data table 




A. Measure mass 





0

1




0

1




0

1



B. Sample Dimensions 
0

1

2

3

C. Calculate Volume 





0

1




0

1




0

1



D. Calculate Density 





0

1




0

1




0

1



2. Sketch and Label 
0

1

2

3

3. Ice Cube 
0

1



4. Ocean Water 
0

1

2


TOTAL SCORE _______________
Total possible score  18 points
