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Sample WCAS Science Score Report

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) - Family Report
Below is a sample of a Science (WCAS) Score Report
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WCAS Score Report
CHARTS BELOW DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCORE REPORT ABOVE:
The number in the left column in the chart below corresponds to the number shown on the sample report above.  The description in the right hand column provides either the specific text from the score report or (if the text is in italics) a description of that section of the report.

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Exact Text or Description
1a Your child's Science score.
1b Your child's Science score shown on a Level 1-4 scale compared to School, District, and State averages.
 2 For comparison purposes, you're provided with average scores received by students tested at the same grade level as your child.

School Average Score: ####
District Average Score: ####
State Average Score: ####

 3 Science Performance Level Descriptions:

Level 4 The student has exceeded the achievement standard and demonstrates advanced progress toward mastery of the application of science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to explain scientific phenomena and design solutions to problems in the natural and the designed world.
Level 3 The student has met the achievement standard and demonstrates progress toward mastery of the application of science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to explain scientific phenomena and design solutions to problems in the natural and the designed world.
Level 2 The student has nearly met the achievement standard and may require further development to demonstrate the application of science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to explain scientific phenomena and design solutions to problems in the natural and the designed world.
Level 1 The student has not met the achievement standard and needs substantial improvement to demonstrate the application of science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to explain scientific phenomena and design solutions to problems in the natural and the designed world.

 4 How does this compare?
This provides a text description that compares where your child's score fell in relation to the School, District, and State averages as shown on the report in section 3.

(Your child's name) Science score is ###.  This falls within the score range of ###-### (Level #), which (if Level 3 or 4) meets state standards (OR, if Level 1 or 2) does not meet state standards.
This score is (higher than, lower than, OR similar to) the average score of (your child's grade level) graders in your child's school, (higher than, lower than, OR similar to) that of (your child's grade level) graders in your child's district and (higher than, lower than, OR similar to) that of (your child's grade level) graders statewide.

 5  FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science?
This assessment is aligned to the Science K-12 Learning Standards which are the Next Generation Science Standards.  The standards are built around three major dimensions: scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.  The standards enable students to develop a deep understanding across science disciplines and allow students to experience scientific and engineering practices similar to those used by professions in the real world.

What is a reporting area?
Science reporting areas are broad statements that identify the knowledge and skills students should know and be able to do in science.  How your student performed on each reporting area is found in the gray-shaded row to the right.  A description of a Level 3 student's skills for each reporting area is on page 2.

Where can I find more information about the standards?
The science K-12 Learning Standards are at: http://www.k12.wa.us/Science/Standards.aspx
Parent Guides to the standards can be found at: https://www.nextgenscience.org/parentguides

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Reporting Area Scores
How did (your child's name) perform on the different areas of the test?
Left to right, the three areas (sub-categories) of the Science test are:

  • Practices & Crosscutting Concepts in Physical Sciences
  • Practices & Crosscutting Concepts in Life Sciences
  • Practices & Crosscutting Concepts in Earth & Space Sciences

In each of the three areas, you can see:

  • The Percent of Total Points Earned by your child in this area.
  • Level 3 Range (the percent range your child would have had to score within to be within the Level 3 range to meet standard in this area).
  • A statement as to whether your child performed at, below, or above the Level 3 range in this area.

Examples:

  • If your child scored 51% in an area where 53-71% was the Level 3 range, you would see the message that "Your student performed below the Level 3 range."
  • If your child scored 61% in an area where 53-71% was the Level 3 range, you would see the message that "Your student performed at the Level 3 range."
  • If your child scored 75% in an area where 53-71% was the Level 3 range, you would see the message that "Your student performed above the Level 3 range.
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Grade 5
Reports
Page 2 of the Score Report
Description of skills of a Level 3 performing student (Grade 5)

The Level 3 ranges were determined from the typical number of points Level 3 students earned in each reporting area.  Students are not required to be within or above the Level 3 range for all reporting areas to earn a Level 3 overall.

Skills that a Level 3 student likely knows and is able to do in science are given below (shown on the report printed left to right).

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Physical Science
Level 3 students use models to show that matter is made of particles and conserved during changes; use patterns to investigate changes in motion caused by forces; investigate moving objects that transfer energy; use models to show that waves cause objects to move and be seen; and design devices that maximize energy conversion, use magnets, or transfer information.

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Life Sciences
Level 3 students use evidence to argue that systems and processes help organisms survive and reproduce; use models to show the effects of matter flowing on an ecosystem; use patterns to explain that traits are inherited and can be influenced by the environment; and evaluate solutions to problems caused by environmental changes.

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Earth & Space Sciences
Level 3 students use data from patterns in shadows, daylight, stars, and fossils to explain Earth's history and movement in space; investigate and model interactions among Earth's systems that cause weather, climate, landforms, and geologic events; use evidence to describe interactions between human activities and Earth processes; and design solutions to problems resulting from the use of Earth's resources.

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Grade 8
Reports
Page 2 of the Score Report
Description of skills of a Level 3 performing student (Grade 8)

The Level 3 ranges were determined from the typical number of points Level 3 students earned in each reporting area.  Students are not required to be within or above the Level 3 range for all reporting areas to earn a Level 3 overall.

Skills that a Level 3 student likely knows and is able to do in science are given below (shown on the report printed left to right).

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Physical Sciences
Level 3 students model how atoms are conserved during changes; ask questions and investigate motion caused by contact and non-contact forces; use data to model energy in systems; describe kinetic and thermal energy transfers; model how waves travel in patterns, transfer energy, and interact; and design devices to optimize collisions, forces, and energy transfers.

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Life Science
Level 3 students use evidence to argue that organisms are systems of cells; use patterns to model the flow of energy and matter in an ecosystem and how organisms use energy and matter to survive; use models to understand how the structure and function of genes causes variations; use patterns in fossil data to compare organisms and infer evolutionary relationships; and evaluate solutions that stabilize ecosystems.

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Earth & Space Science
Level 3 students use evidence to model Earth and other objects as part of a universe with movements controlled by gravity; use rock strata evidence to explain Earth's history; model the cycling of matter and energy and explain changes in Earth's surface features and weather; use evidence to describe how human activities are affected by Earth's resources, and design solutions to problems caused by using resources.

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Grade 11
Reports
Page 2 of the Score Report
Description of skills of a Level 3 performing student (Grade 11)

The Level 3 ranges were determined from the typical number of points Level 3 students earned in each reporting area.  Students are not required to be within or above the Level 3 range for all reporting areas to earn a Level 3 overall.

Skills that a Level 3 student likely knows and is able to do in science are given below (shown on the report printed left to right).

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Physical Science
Level 3 students use periodic table patterns to describe properties and model changes in energy and matter; use forces to explain changes in motion and investigate electromagnetic interactions; model energy transfers in systems; use wave properties to describe electromagnetic radiation; and design devices to optimize forces, reaction products, or energy conversion.

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Life Sciences
Level 3 students use evidence to investigate matter and energy in cell processes and living systems; analyze factors affecting the stability of populations; ask questions to understand how DNA codes for traits; use evidence to explain genetic variations; use multiple lines of evidence to support evolutionary relationships; and design and evaluate solutions that minimize the effects of humans on biodiversity.

Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in Earth & Space Sciences
Level 3 students use evidence to explain the history of the universe, how stars  produce matter and energy, and predict orbital motion; use evidence to model the processes that cycle matter and energy and affect Earth's surface, atmosphere, and inhabitants; use evidence to explain interactions between humans  and Earth; and design solutions to problems resulting from the increasing use of Earth's resources.

 

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