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Exemplary (100%)

Proficient  (85%)

Approaching (70%)




Conduct an Investigation

  • Consistently record precise and accurate observations and/or measurements under a range of conditions. 
  • Lead others in following safety and lab procedures
  • Record precise and accurate observations and/or measurements under a range of conditions.
  • Exactly follow safety procedures
  • Exactly follow lab plan
  • Record observations and/or measurements
  • Closely follow safety procedures
  • Closely follow lab procedure
  • Lab Experiment

Analyze Experimental Data

  • Use technology to display data accurately and appropriately
  • Use technology (Excel, WolframAlpha, etc.) to find patterns/trends
  • Explain how the patterns/trends relate to scientific concepts
  • Compare your data to other similar data (using % error, standard deviation, etc.) and evaluate for consistency
  • Manipulate data to help show relationships (convert units, delete outliers, add trendlines etc.)
  • Describe patterns/trends in data (Are they causal? Correlational? Unrelated?)
  • Describe limitations of tools (Did you take the best data? Could the measurements be more accurate?)
  • Display data accurately and appropriately
  • Accurately identify patterns/ trends based on data
  • Make statements about the overall quality or quantity of your data
  • Lab Report (use your own data)

Interpret Information

  • Completely explain complex concepts, processes, and evidence
  • Explain how and when to use a diagram, chart, etc. OR compare it to a similar one
  • Accurately describe complex concepts, processes, and evidence
  • Describe how data/ideas were used to construct diagrams, charts, etc.
  • Include mostly accurate scientific/technical information
  • Identify the data/ideas behind  diagrams, charts, etc.
  • Brief
  • U.R.
  • Conference
  • Lab Report
  • Tests

Use Math

  • Solve all problems accurately
  • Consistently use precise and appropriate symbols, vocabulary, and labeling to communicate
  • Solve most problems accurately
  • Use precise and appropriate symbols, vocabulary, and labeling to communicate
  • Solve some problems accurately
  • Use symbols, vocabulary, and labeling to communicate
  • Any time you do math (including tests)


  • Develop/revise a model and explain why the elements change/interact
  • Explain the limitations and merits of your model
  • Design and explain a test of a model (if possible)
  • Develop/revise a model and describe changing/ interacting elements
  • Describe the limitations and merits of your model
  • Develop/revise a model and identify elements
  • Identify the limitations and merits of your model
  • Brief
  • Lab Report
  • Model


  • Compare and contrast various perspectives on a topic AND
  • Explain why evidence supports analysis or proves claim
  • Describe various perspectives on a topic AND
  • Describe how evidence in context
  • Identify various perspectives on a topic AND
  • Identify what evidence


  • Choose a genre and follow all rules to communicate ideas
  • Organize your ideas to create a responsive understanding with the reader
  • Choose a genre and follow some rules to communicate ideas
  • Organize ideas to make them clear to the reader and make a point
  • Choose a genre to communicate ideas
  • Organize ideas to make them clear to the reader
  • Lab Report
  • Brief
  • Debate
  • Argument Essay
  • Share

Write Fluently

  • Grow more than 5% from average or write 247 words or more
  • Grow 3 to 4% from average or write 203-246 words
  • Grow 1 to 2% from average or write 145-202 words

- CBM’s only

*Plagiarism - copying the words, ideas, or arguments of another author without citing your source - will result in a failing grade.

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