PHYSICALSETTING/EARTH SCIENCE REGENTS EXAMINATION TESTSAMPLERDRAFT

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PHYSICAL SETTING/EARTH SCIENCE
     REGENTS EXAMINATION


     TEST SAMPLER DRAFT

                Summer 2000




           The University of the State of New York
        THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
      Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
                  Albany, New York 12234
                                       THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
                                                 Regents of The University


CARL T. HAYDEN, Chancellor, A.B., J.D. ......................................................................................        Elmira
DIANE O NEILL MCGIVERN, Vice Chancellor, B.S.N., M.A., Ph.D. ............................................                            Staten Island
ADELAIDE L. SANFORD, B.A., M.A., P.D. ......................................................................................         Hollis
SAUL B. COHEN, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ...............................................................................................     New Rochelle
JAMES C. DAWSON, A.A., B.A., M.S., Ph.D. .................................................................................           Peru
ROBERT M. BENNETT, B.A., M.S. ..................................................................................................     Tonawanda
ROBERT M. JOHNSON, B.S., J.D. ....................................................................................................   Lloyd Harbor
ANTHONY S. BOTTAR, B.A., J.D. ...................................................................................................    Syracuse
MERRYL H. TISCH, B.A., M.A. ......................................................................................................   New York
ENA L. FARLEY, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ...............................................................................................     Brockport
GERALDINE D. CHAPEY, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. ...................................................................................           Belle Harbor
RICARDO E. OQUENDO, B.A., J.D. .................................................................................................     Bronx
ELEANOR P. BARTLETT, B.A., M.A. ...............................................................................................      Albany
ARNOLD B. GARDNER, B.A., LL.B. ................................................................................................      Buffalo
CHARLOTTE K. FRANK, B.B.A., M.S.Ed., Ph.D. ...........................................................................               New York
HARRY PHILLIPS, 3rd, B.A., M.S.F.S. .............................................................................................    Hartsdale




President of The University and Commissioner of Education
RICHARD P. MILLS

Chief Operating Officer
RICHARD H. CATE

Deputy Commissioner for Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education
JAMES A. KADAMUS

Assistant Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
ROSEANNE DEFABIO




  The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, vet-
eran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs,
services, and activities. Portions of this publication can be made available in a variety of formats, including braille, large print
or audio tape, upon request. Inquiries concerning this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Department s Office
for Diversity, Ethics, and Access, Room 152, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.
                   THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

                   Assistant Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment




                                                                                                   August 2000




Dear Colleagues:

          Following several years of planning and development, the Physical Setting/Earth Science Test Sampler Draft is
complete. School districts, science teachers, supervisors, and administrators have assisted the State Education Department
in the development process in a variety of ways. Teachers have pretested test items with their students and developed and
reviewed test items and scoring materials. Administrators have arranged for their students to participate in the pretest and
field test process. Teachers and supervisors will continue to write, develop, pretest, and field test questions for future
Physical Setting/Earth Science examinations.

         This Test Sampler Draft is being distributed to all secondary schools in the State. Schools are requested to make
additional copies available to their Earth science teachers.

         The Test Sampler Draft provides examples of the types and formats of questions and scoring materials that are
being developed for the Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents examination that will be administered for the first time in
June 2001. We expect that further refinements of the formats of questions and scoring materials will occur as a result of
information gathered from the development process.

         We are interested in receiving your feedback on these preliminary materials. A comment sheet is included on the
inside back cover of the Test Sampler Draft so that you may forward your responses to us. The comment sheet may be
faxed to (518) 473-0858 or mailed to the address listed below:

                                             New York State Education Department
                                              Office of Curriculum and Instruction
                                                        Room 674 EBA
                                                   Albany, New York 12234

                                                                                          Sincerely,




                                                                                          Roseanne DeFabio




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                                                     Acknowledgments
          The New York State Education Department acknowledges the significant contributions made by teachers, supervisors, and
other educators who assisted in the development of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents Examination Test Sampler Draft.
These contributions include writing items, creating scoring materials, determining design, reviewing the draft, coordinating the sensi-
tivity review, revising the reference tables, and mapping the draft to the Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum.

Larry Allen           Caledonia-Mumford High School                         Peter LeRose            Roy C. Ketcham High School
Robert Allers         Perry Jr. High School                                 Janette Liddle          Adirondack Central School
David Banker          Stamford Central School                               Heather McArdle         Yorktown High School
Katie Barlas          Woodlands High School                                 Denise McDonnell        Midwood High School
Mary Bishop           Saugerties Jr.-Sr. High School                        Michael McDonnell       Byram Hills High School
Kathleen Champney     Earth Science Consultant, SED                         Laurie Mechanic         Lincoln High School
Dennis Conklin        Earth Science Consultant, SED                         Glenn Meyer             Marlboro High School
Marilyn Connolly      Schuylerville High School                             David Mills             Holland Central High School
Amy Czach             Greater Amsterdam                                     Glenn Olf               Earth Science Consultant, SED
Dennis DeSain         Earth Science Consultant, SED                         Daniel Parke            Canandaigua Academy
Carole Diehl          Delaware Valley Central School                        Dr. Michael J. Passow   White Plains Middle School
Roger Fillmore        Addison High School                                   John Pritchard          Grover Cleveland High School
Michael Greene        Copiague High School                                  Edward Reddy            Averill Park High School
Lois Gundrum          Watervliet High School                                Jack Ridolph            Roy C. Ketcham High School
Dr. Fran Hess         Cooperstown High School                               Sandra Russell          Starpoint Central High School
Carol Hildreth        Shenendehowa High School                              Irving Soden            Windsor High School
Andrea Hyatt          Rush-Henrietta Central School District                Nancy Spaulding         Elmira Free Academy (retired)
John Kuzma            Sand Creek Middle School                              Bernadette Tomaselli    Lancaster High School
Carl Laterzia         Division Ave. High School                             Brian Vorwald           Sayville High School
Fred Leff             Mynderse Academy                                      Glen Wahl               Little Valley Central School
James Lehmann         Frontier High School                                  Ruth Wahl               Allegany-Limestone High School
LeRoy Leonard         Roy C. Ketcham High School                            Cliff Zimmerman         Alfred E. Smith High School


         The New York State Education Department also wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the following SED staff members:

Carolyn Bulson, Assistant in Educational Testing
Diana Harding, Associate in Science Education
Sharon Miller, Associate in Educational Testing (retired)
Linda Gilboord, Examinations Editor
Anthony Costa, Artist/Designer

         Special thanks go to Jan Christman for her technical expertise.




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                                             Contents
Introduction                                                                       1

Sample Test Questions for the Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents Examination
   Part A                                                                           3
   Part B                                                                          16
   Part C                                                                          26

Sample Answer Paper for Parts B and C
   Part B                                                                          30
   Part C                                                                          33

Sample Scoring Materials for Parts A, B, and C
   Scoring Key for Multiple-Choice Questions in Parts A and B                      35
   Scoring Guide for Constructed-Response Questions in Parts B and C
      Part B                                                                       36
      Part C                                                                       39

Performance Test (Part D) Description                                              42

2001 Edition of the Earth Science Reference Tables                                 43

Appendices
   Appendix I
      Examination Blueprint                                                        59
   Appendix II
      Mapping the Sampler to the Core Curriculum                                   60
   Appendix III
      Mapping the Core Curriculum to the Sampler                                   61

Comment Sheet                                                                      63




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