ERIC Number: ED403323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Ohio Proficiency Tests for Grade 9. Fact Sheet. Ninth-Grade Proficiency Test in Science.
Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
Beginning in the 1995-96 school year, the science test will be added to the Ninth-grade Proficiency Tests Program. Any student graduating after September 15, 2000 will be required to pass the Ninth-grade Proficiency Test in Science, as well as the other tests in reading, writing, mathematics, and citizenship. This fact sheet provides information about the Ninth-grade Proficiency Test in science. The multiple-choice test is based on 20 learning outcomes developed by a committee consisting primarily of Ohio educators and adopted in 1994 by the State Board of Education. About 40% of the questions deal with acquiring scientific knowledge, and another 40% focus on processing scientific knowledge. The remaining 20% pertain to extending scientific knowledge, and test students' ability to apply knowledge and conceptual understanding to new situations. Student performance is assessed along the four strands of life science, physical science, earth and space science, and the nature of science. The 20 learning outcomes and the knowledge students need to demonstrate for each are listed. A field test of 10 items from the science assessment in 1994 indicated areas of high and low student performance. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.