Science Performance-Based Assessments

The IFL's science performance-based assessments (PBAs) are designed to assess student content knowledge and use of literary practices as outlined in the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects. PBAs ask students to read two sources on the same topic and complete a short constructed response on each source. Then students are asked to write an explanatory or argumentative essay that draws on evidence from both sources.

The IFL's science PBAs can be flexibly inserted into existing curricula. PBAs come with scoring guides for the short constructed response items and guidance for scoring student essays.

Ecosystems and Drought

Grade Level
6-8
90 minutes

This PBA asks students to read two sources about the effects of drought on ecosystems. Students complete one short constructed response on each source before writing an argumentative essay that draws on evidence from both sources.

Earthquakes

Grade Level
6-8
90 minutes

This PBA asks students to read two sources about earthquakes and plate tectonics. Students complete one short constructed response on each source before writing an argumentative essay that draws on evidence from both sources.

Sinkholes

Grade Level
9-12
90 minutes

This PBA asks students to read two sources about sinkholes. Students complete one short constructed response on each source before writing an explanatory essay that draws on evidence from both sources.

Engineering Solutions: Evaluating Braking Systems in Cars

Grade Level
9-12
90 minutes

This PBA asks students to read two sources about braking systems in cars. Students complete one short constructed response on each source before writing an explanatory essay that draws on evidence from both sources.

Ecosystems and Non-Native Species

Grade Level
9-12
90 minutes

This PBA asks students to read two sources about the impacts of non-native species on ecosystems. Students complete one short constructed response on each source before writing an argumentative essay that draws on evidence from both sources.

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