MYP Science Assessment Criteria

Year 3 (Grade 8) -

Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

Maximum: 8



Level Descriptor
0

The student does not reach a standard indicated by any of the descriptors below.
1-2
The student is able to:
i. recall scientific knowledge
ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to suggest solutions to problems set in familiar situations
iii. apply information to make judgments.
3-4
i. state scientific knowledge
ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar situations
iii. apply information to make scientifically supported judgments.
5-6
i. outline scientific knowledge
ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar situations and suggest solutions to problems set in unfamiliar situations
iii. interpret information to make scientifically supported judgments.
7-8
i. describe scientific knowledge
ii. apply scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems set in familiar and unfamiliar situations
iii. analyse information to make scientifically supported judgments.

Year 3 (Grade 8)

Criterion B: Inquiring and designing

Maximum: 8




Level Descriptor
0

The student does not reach a standard identified by any of the descriptors below.
1-2
The student is able to:
i. state a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation, with limited success
ii. state a testable hypothesis
iii. state the variables
iv. design a method, with limited success.
3-4
i. state a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation
ii. outline a testable hypothesis using scientific reasoning
iii. outline how to manipulate the variables, and state how relevant data will be collected
iv. design a safe method in which he or she selects materials and equipment.
5-6
i. outline a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation
ii. outline and explain a testable hypothesis using scientific reasoning
iii. outline how to manipulate the variables, and outline how sufficient, relevant data will be collected
iv. design a complete and safe method in which he or she selects appropriate materials and equipment.
7-8
i. describe a problem or question to be tested by a scientific investigation
ii. outline and explain a testable hypothesis using correct scientific reasoning
iii. describe how to manipulate the variables, and describe how sufficient, relevant data will be collected
iv. design a logical, complete and safe method in which he or she selects appropriate materials and equipment.

Year 3 (Grade 8) -

Criterion C: Processing and evaluating

Maximum: 8




Level Descriptor
0
The student is able to:
i. collect and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
ii. accurately interpret data
iii. state the validity of a hypothesis with limited reference to a scientific investigation
iv. state the validity of the method with limited reference to a scientific investigation
v. state limited improvements or extensions to the method.
1-2
i. correctly collect and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
ii. accurately interpret data and describe results
iii. state the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
iv. state the validity of the method based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
v. state improvements or extensions to the method that would benefit the scientific investigation.
3-4
i. correctly collect, organize and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
ii. accurately interpret data and describe results using scientific reasoning
iii. outline the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
iv. outline the validity of the method based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
v. outline improvements or extensions to the method that would benefit the scientific investigation.
5-6
i. correctly collect, organize, transform and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
ii. accurately interpret data and describe results using correct scientific reasoning
iii. discuss the validity of a hypothesis based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
iv. discuss the validity of the method based on the outcome of a scientific investigation
v. describe improvements or extensions to the method that would benefit the scientific investigation.
7-8
i. collect and present data in numerical and/or visual forms
ii. accurately interpret data
iii. state the validity of a hypothesis with limited reference to a scientific investigation
iv. state the validity of the method with limited reference to a scientific investigation
v. state limited improvements or extensions to the method.

Year 3 (Grade 8) -

Criterion D: Reflecting on the impacts of science

Maximum: 8



Level Descriptor
0
The student is able to:
The student does not reach a standard identified by any of the descriptors below.
1-2
i. state the ways in which science is used to address a specific problem or issue
ii. state the implications of the use of science to solve a specific problem or issue, interacting with a factor
iii. apply scientific language to communicate understanding but does so with limited success
iv. document sources, with limited success.
3-4
i. outline the ways in which science is used to address a specific problem or issue
ii. outline the implications of using science to solve a specific problem or issue, interacting with a factor
iii. sometimes apply scientific language to communicate understanding
iv. sometimes document sources correctly.
5-6
i. summarize the ways in which science is applied and used to address a specific problem or issue
ii. describe the implications of using science and its application to solve a specific problem or issue, interacting with a factor
iii. usually apply scientific language to communicate understanding clearly and precisely
iv. usually document sources correctly.
7-8
i. describe the ways in which science is applied and used to address a specific problem or issue
ii. discuss and analyse the implications of using science and its application to solve a specific problem or issue,
interacting with a factor
iii. consistently apply scientific language to communicate understanding clearly and precisely
iv. document sources completely.