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GRADE 4 ELEMENTARY-LEVEL
SCIENCE TEST
WRITTEN TEST SAMPLER DRAFT
May 2003

The University of the State of New York
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Albany, New York 12234
www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Regents of The University
ROBERT M. BENNETT, Chancellor, B.A., M.S. .................................................................. ADELAIDE L. SANFORD, Vice Chancellor, B.A., M.A., P.D. ............................................. DIANE O’NEILL MCGIVERN, B.S.N., M.A., Ph.D. . ........................................................... SAUL B. COHEN, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. .................................................................................. JAMES C. DAWSON, A.A., B.A., M.S., Ph.D. .................................................................... ROBERT M. JOHNSON, B.S., J.D. ....................................................................................... ANTHONY S. BOTTAR, B.A., J.D. ...................................................................................... MERRYL H. TISCH, B.A., M.A. ......................................................................................... GERALDINE D. CHAPEY, B.A., M.A., Ed.D........................................................................ ARNOLD B. GARDNER, B.A., LL.B. ................................................................................... HARRY PHILLIPS, 3rd, B.A., M.S.F.S. ................................................................................. JOSEPH E. BOWMAN, JR., B.A., M.L.S., M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D ............................................. LORRAINE A. CORTÉS-VÁZQUEZ, B.A., M.P.A................................................................... JUDITH O. RUBIN, A.B. ..................................................................................................... JAMES R. TALLON, JR., B.A., M.A. ................................................................................... MILTON L. COFIELD, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. ........................................................................

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Staten Island
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Huntington
North Syracuse
New York
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Buffalo
Hartsdale
Albany
Bronx
New York
Binghamton
Rochester

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

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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234 Assistant Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

May 2003

Dear Colleagues:
Following several years of planning, pretesting, field testing. and scoring different types of questions, the Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Written Test Sampler Draft is ready for distribution. School districts, science teachers, supervisors, and administrators have assisted the State Education Department in the development process in a variety of ways. Teachers have developed and reviewed the test items and rating guides and field tested items with their students. Administrators have arranged for their students to participate in the pretest and field-test samples. Teachers...
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