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Regents Examinations in Science, Part D - Performance Components

January 2005

Important Notice

Part D – Living Environment Regents Examination

The current four required laboratory activities (Relationships and Biodiversity, Making Connections, The Beaks of Finches, and Diffusion Through a Membrane) will continue to be included in the Part D component of the Regents Examination in Living Environment.

In addition, new laboratory activities will be developed and implemented for use during the regular course of instruction.  These new laboratory activities, as well as, the original four required laboratory activities will align to the concepts, content, and process skills included in The Living Environment Core Curriculum.

The current format of the Regents Examination in Living Environment will remain unchanged.  Part D, using multiple choice and open-ended questions, will continue to assess the concepts, content, and process skills associated with laboratory experiences in Living Environment that are aligned to the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology and The Living Environment Core Curriculum.  Items assessing the concepts, content, and process skills associated with laboratory experiences will be referenced to The Living Environment Core Curriculum, not to specific laboratory activities.

Part D – Lab-Practical Performance Component – Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents Examination

The New York State Education Department will continue the New York State test development process for the “new” on-demand lab-practical performance component (Part D) for the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science.

The number of stations included on the “new” lab-practical performance component will be reduced from six stations to four stations so that the performance assessment can be administered within one regular, 40-45 minute class period during the last two weeks of the course, but no later than the day before the written examination.

The “new” lab-practical performance component (Part D) will be implemented for the first time on the June 2007 administration of the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science.

Part D – Lab-Practical Performance Component – Physical Setting/Chemistry Regents Examination

The format of the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Chemistry will continue to consist of three parts:  Part A (multiple choice), Part B (multiple choice and constructed response), and Part C (extended-constructed response).

The current format of the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Chemistry will remain unchanged.  The concepts, content, and process skills associated with laboratory experiences in Physical Setting/Chemistry that are aligned to the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology and the Core Curriculum for Physical Setting/Chemistry will be assessed in Part B-1 (multiple choice), Part B-2 (constructed response), and Part C (extended constructed response) of the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Chemistry.

Part D – Lab-Practical Performance Component – Physical Setting/Physics Regents Examination

The format of the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Physics will continue to consist of three parts:  Part A (multiple choice), Part B (multiple choice and constructed response), and Part C (extended-constructed response).

The current format of the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Physics will remain unchanged.  The concepts, content, and process skills associated with laboratory experiences in Physical Setting/Physics that are aligned to the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology and the Core Curriculum for Physical Setting/Physics will be assessed in Part B-1 (multiple choice), Part B-2 (multiple-choice and constructed response), and Part C (extended constructed response) of the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Physics.

Questions may be directed to: emscurric@mail.nysed.gov.

Last Updated: May 22, 2009