ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-07-121

Date Created : 05/02/2007


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Laura Bednar, Assistant Commissioner
Benchmark Science Score Reports and Alternate Grade 10 Science Assessment

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Donna Wolfe

Phone Number:


Score reports for the Benchmark Science Assessment for the 2006-2007 school year will be reported only as raw score points. A raw score for both multiple-choice and open-response will be provided for each science strand, as reflected in the 1999 Science Frameworks.

The 2005 Science Frameworks added a strand, Nature of Science. No items had been developed for this strand for use on the 2006-2007 Benchmark Science Assessment. This fact necessitated a decision by the Arkansas Department of Education and approved by the Technical Advisory Committee to delay standards setting until 2007-2008. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) does not require science assessment data to be submitted until the 2007-2008 school year.

Due to these factors, no standards will be set on the 2006-2007 Benchmark Science Assessment for Grades 5 and 7. Standards will be set on the 2007-2008 Benchmark Science Assessment for Grades 5 and 7, based on the 2005 Science Frameworks to avoid complexities that would otherwise necessitate conducting two standard settings on Grades 5 and 7 Science back-to-back.

In addition, please remember that as the Biology End-of-Course Examination becomes operational in 2008, under the requirements of federal law, an Alternate Grade 10 Science Assessment, based on Extended Biology Standards, will go into operation in the 2007-2008 school year. More information will be made available at a later date.


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