Helping my teammate create efficient, easy-to-use rubrics/ scoring guides for 8th grade colorado science was comprehensive and laborious, but here it is! We used the Next Generation Science Standards, which were adopted by the state of Colorado to develop these rubrics.
Switching to Standards-Based Grading could not be easier!!! I've done a lot of the ground-work... just plug this in to your curriculum and move right along!
After scouring the Colorado Science standards, I chunked and categorized them into 4 categories with 12 objectives.
The objectives are included in the following 4 categories: Knowledge and Understanding, Processing Data, Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking.
Within the four categories are the following 12 objectives (clearly pulled straight from the standards)... In the category "Knowledge and Understanding"- Identification, Explanation, Compare/Contrast; In the category Processing Data"- Gathering and Recording Information, Analyzing and Processing Information, Interpreting Information; In the category "Scientific Inquiry"- Developing Observations and Questioning, Predicting and Forming a Hypothesis, Design: Material and Procedures; In the category "Critical Thinking"- Examining and Analyzing Information, Evaluating Information, Justifying your Explanations.
This product is the actual scoring guide for all those objective outlined in the standards. I have given clear descriptors for each of the following four columns: Advanced, Proficient, Progressing, Beginning (4,3,2,1).
Organizing the standards this way reduces the amount of guesswork or time taken to score assignments and assessments. The same 12 rubrics can be used to score EVERYTHING assigned within your class because they focus on each skill that the state standards require 8th grade students to master. Students know what to expect every time, and you can clearly articulate to parents and students where their strengths and weakness are. This was designed for use in 8th grade, but could easily be adapted to other grade levels by changing key verbs to indicate the appropriate depth of knowledge or skill level, or by sifting through the grade level standards to determine if other skills are referenced, rather than the ones listed here.
We use infinite campus, and I can and would be very willing to explain how this scoring guide and system can be easily recorded in your record-keeping system. Just email me. :)