The grades 9-12 performance tasks currently come from several
sources: the Council of Chief State School Officers/State Collaborative
on Assessment and Student Standards (CCSSO/SCASS),
the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT),
the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE),
the New York State Education Department (NYSED),
the RAND Institution (RAND),
the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU), and the Oregon State
Education Department (OSED).
Some tasks cover multiple content areas. All tasks include a
Science as Inquiry component. The specific inquiry skills are
displayed in the assessment chart for the task.
Salt (NYSED) Plan, design, and carry out an experiment
to determine an empirical formula for a hydrated salt X
that will tell students when all the water has been removed
from hydrate crystals.
Ice Cold (CAPT) Determine
if one form of salt is better for melting ice on steps and
(NYSED) Design and carry out an experiment to test the
effects of two variables (time and concentration) on diffusion
of potassium permanganate into potato cubes.
the Microscope (NYSED) Demonstrate ability to use a
compound light microscope through four procedures: preparing
a slide, focusing on a slide under the microscope at both
low and high power, and measuring the diameter of an onion
cell and slide under 100X magnification.
of Cooling Design (RAND ) Design an experiment to measure
the insulation properties of different fabrics by immersing
cans of water covered with fabric "socks" in an
ice bath and measuring temperature changes.
of Cooling Experiment (RAND ) Measure the insulation
properties of different fabrics by immersing cans of water
covered with fabric "socks" in an ice bath and
measuring temperature changes.