Connecticut State Department of Education

 

 

Connecticut Academic Performance Test

                                        (CAPT)

Third Generation Handbook

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Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Foreword                                                                                         i 

 

Introduction                                                                                                                  ii

 

Position Statement on Science Education                                                              iii

Part I:  The Third Generation of CAPT-Science Assessment         1

 

      Overview of the Student Testing Program                             2

 

      Summary of Changes to the CAPT Assessment: Second to Third Generation     4

 

      Core Science Curriculum Framework                                    6

 

      Overview of the CAPT Science Assessment-Third Generation 12

 

Part II: Effective Instructional Strategies                                                                        14                                                                                                         

 

      The Nature of Science                                                         15

    

      Teaching Science Through Inquiry                                      16

 

      10 Instructional Strategies to Use All Year                          17

 

Part III:  Curriculum Embedded Tasks                                          22 

 

      Strand I –Energy Transformations                                                           23

 

      Strand II- Chemical Structures and Properties                                                   38

 

      Strand III- Global Interdependence                                                                     52

 

      Strand IV-Cell Chemistry and Biotechnology                                                    66

 

      Strand V- Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity                                                 79

 

Part IV:  Sample Items                                                                  92

                                                                                                         

      Additional Assessment Information                                   108