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2009 Biology Assessment

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HSA Item Number Answer Indicators Assessed
1 B 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
2 G 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
3 A 1.6.1 The student will use ratio and proportion in appropriate situations to solve problems.
4 H 3.1.1 The student will be able to describe the unique characteristics of chemical substances and macromolecules utilized by living systems.
5 B 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
6 F 3.3.4 The student will interpret how the effects of DNA alteration can be beneficial or harmful to the individual, society, and/or the environment.
7 D 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
8 F 3.4.2 The student will estimate degrees of relatedness among organisms or species.
9 B 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
10 G 1.6.3 The student will express and/or compare small and large quantities using scientific notation and relative order of magnitude.
11 C 3.1.2 The student will be able to discuss factors involved in the regulation of chemical activity as part of a homeostatic mechanism.
12 J 3.1.1 The student will be able to describe the unique characteristics of chemical substances and macromolecules utilized by living systems.
13 C 1.2.6 The student will identify appropriate methods for conducting an investigation (independent and dependent variables, proper controls, repeat trials, appropriate sample size, etc.).
14 H 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
15 D 3.1.3 The student will be able to compare the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic organisms.
16 F 3.5.1 The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
17 D 3.5.4 The student will illustrate how all organisms are part of and depend on two major global food webs that are positively or negatively influenced by human activity and technology.
18 J 3.4.2 The student will estimate degrees of relatedness among organisms or species.
19 B 3.4.1 The student will explain how new traits may result from new combinations of existing genes or from mutations of genes in reproductive cells within a population.
20 J 3.4.1 The student will explain how new traits may result from new combinations of existing genes or from mutations of genes in reproductive cells within a population.
21 A 3.5.1 The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
22 F 3.4.1 The student will explain how new traits may result from new combinations of existing genes or from mutations of genes in reproductive cells within a population.
23 D 1.7.1 The student will apply the skills, processes, and concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science to societal issues.
24 J 3.3.2 The student will illustrate and explain how expressed traits are passed from parent to offspring.
25 C 3.3.2 The student will illustrate and explain how expressed traits are passed from parent to offspring.
26 G 3.3.2 The student will illustrate and explain how expressed traits are passed from parent to offspring.
27 D 3.2.2 The student will conclude that cells exist within a narrow range of environmental conditions and changes to that environment, either naturally occurring or induced, may cause changes in the metabolic activity of the cell or organism.
28 J 3.4.2 The student will estimate degrees of relatedness among organisms or species.
29 A 1.2.5 The student will select appropriate instruments and materials to conduct an investigation.
30 G 3.3.3 The student will explain how a genetic trait is determined by the code in a DNA molecule.
31 C 1.7.2 The student will identify and evaluate the impact of scientific ideas and/or advancements in technology on society.
32 F 3.3.3 The student will explain how a genetic trait is determined by the code in a DNA molecule.
33 B 3.5.2 The student will analyze the interrelationships and interdependencies among different organisms and explain how these relationships contribute to the stabilty of the ecosystem.
34 F 3.3.4 The student will interpret how the effects of DNA alteration can be beneficial or harmful to the individual, society, and/or the environment.
35 C 3.2.2 The student will conclude that cells exist within a narrow range of environmental conditions and changes to that environment, either naturally occurring or induced, may cause changes in the metabolic activity of the cell or organism.
36 G 1.4.2 The student will analyze data to make predictions, decisions, or draw conclusions.
37 D 1.4.1 The student will organize data appropriately using techniques such as tables, graphs, and webs (for graphs: axes labeled with appropriate quantities, appropriate units on axes, axes labeled with appropriate intervals, independent and dependent variables on correct axes, appropriate title).
38 H 1.7.1 The student will apply the skills, processes, and concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science to societal issues.
39 A 3.5.2 The student will analyze the interrelationships and interdependencies among different organisms and explain how these relationships contribute to the stabilty of the ecosystem.
40 G 3.5.1 The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
41 A 3.1.1 The student will be able to describe the unique characteristics of chemical substances and macromolecules utilized by living systems.
42 G 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
43 B 3.1.3 The student will be able to compare the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic organisms.
44 H 3.5.2 The student will analyze the interrelationships and interdependencies among different organisms and explain how these relationships contribute to the stabilty of the ecosystem.
45 C 1.4.7 The student will determine the sources of error that limit the accuracy or precision of experimental results.
46 G 3.3.4 The student will interpret how the effects of DNA alteration can be beneficial or harmful to the individual, society, and/or the environment.
47 D 3.3.3 The student will explain how a genetic trait is determined by the code in a DNA molecule.
48 J 3.5.2 The student will analyze the interrelationships and interdependencies among different organisms and explain how these relationships contribute to the stabilty of the ecosystem.
49 D 1.6.5 The student will judge the reasonableness of an answer.
50 F 1.5.5 The student will create and/or interpret graphics. (scale drawings, photographs, digital images, field of view, etc.)
51 B 1.2.6 The student will identify appropriate methods for conducting an investigation (independent and dependent variables, proper controls, repeat trials, appropriate sample size, etc.).
52 F 1.1.4 The student will recognize data that are biased.
53 C 3.5.1 The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
54 H 3.4.2 The student will estimate degrees of relatedness among organisms or species.
55 A 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
56 H 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
57 B 3.1.3 The student will be able to compare the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic organisms.
58 J 3.4.2 The student will estimate degrees of relatedness among organisms or species.
59 A 3.1.3 The student will be able to compare the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic organisms.
60 G 3.1.1 The student will be able to describe the unique characteristics of chemical substances and macromolecules utilized by living systems.
61 D 3.3.2 The student will illustrate and explain how expressed traits are passed from parent to offspring.
62 G 1.5.4 The student will use tables, graphs, and displays to support arguments and claims in both written and oral communication.
63 B 3.1.1 The student will be able to describe the unique characteristics of chemical substances and macromolecules utilized by living systems.
64 F 3.5.1 The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
65 A 3.3.4 The student will interpret how the effects of DNA alteration can be beneficial or harmful to the individual, society, and/or the environment.
66 J 1.2.1 The student will identify meaningful, answerable scientific questions.
67 D 3.1.3 The student will be able to compare the transfer and use of matter and energy in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic organisms.
68 H 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
69 B 3.5.1 The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
70 H 3.4.1 The student will explain how new traits may result from new combinations of existing genes or from mutations of genes in reproductive cells within a population.
71 C 3.2.1 The student will explain processes and the function of related structures found in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
72 F 3.1.2 The student will be able to discuss factors involved in the regulation of chemical activity as part of a homeostatic mechanism.
73 D 3.5.1 The student will analyze the relationships between biotic diversity and abiotic factors in environments and the resulting influence on ecosystems.
74 H 3.3.2 The student will illustrate and explain how expressed traits are passed from parent to offspring.
75 B 3.3.1 The student will demonstrate that the sorting and recombination of genes during sexual reproduction has an effect on variation in offspring.
76 F 3.5.3 The student will investigate how natural and man-made changes in environmental conditions will affect individual organisms and the dynamics of populations.

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