The EOC tests include both multiple- choice and constructed-response items. The multiple choice will be administered in two, 45-minute sessions. Each section has 35-38 multiple-choice items. The constructed-response session will consist of 3 questions and will be administered in one, 45 minute session.
Multiple testing windows will be available during the school year. The EOC assessments can be administered throughout the year as students earn credit in each course. The multiple-choice items may be completed online or on paper. The constructed response is paper only.
While Kentucky requires students to take the QualityCore® EOC exams, the Commonwealth does not require teachers to use the QualityCore® educator resources. These resources are available to support teachers as they implement Core Content 4.1 and their locally-developed curriculum. The QualityCore® resources for Biology may provide a useful supplement, but it is NOT a replacement curriculum. QualityCore® materials should be used to strengthen existing instructional programs. QualityCore® does not supply a complete instructional program to replace the Program of Studies.
Biology Processes Demonstrate knowledge of inquiry techniques Use mathematics and measurement; use graphical and mathematical models Identify criteria necessary to characterize life; define biological organization levels
Biochemistry; Cell Describe atomic structure, bonding between atoms, organic and inorganic compounds, enzymes, and ATP Explain properties of water and describe pH of a solution Identify cell types and describe functions of cellular organelles Describe movement of substances into and out of cells Describe cellular respiration Describe cell division and mitosis
Genetics; Evolution Describe basic structure and function of DNA, RNA, and proteins Describe meiosis Use correct terminology when working with genetic crosses Define evolution and theory of natural selection Identify requirements to be a species Explain shared evolutionary relationships between organisms
Animal/Plant Systems and Ecology Describe types of animal and plant cells and tissues; describe photosynthesis Identify taxonomic levels of organism classification; explain binomial nomenclature Define ecological levels of organization; describe influence of biotic and abiotic factors on biome type Describe energy flow through ecosystems using food webs, food chains and pyramids Describe population growth patterns and carrying capacity Explain ecological succession
Recall or recognize information, such as a fact, term, or property Represent in words or diagrams a scientific concept or relationship Provide or recognize a standard scientific representation for a simple phenomenon
A multicellular organism that obtains food by absorbing nutrients from the soil is most likely a member of what kingdom? A Fungi B Animalia C Plantae D Protista
Specify and explain the relationship between facts, terms, properties, or variables Describe and explain examples of science concepts Select a procedure according to specified criteria and perform it Formulate a routine problem given data and conditions Organize, represent, and interpret data
Which of these represents the most likely way energy would be transferred within an aquatic ecosystem which contains algae, water fleas, frogs, fish, and sun? A.Algae frog sun water flea fish B.Sun algae water flea frog fish C.Fish frog algae water flea sun D.Sun water flea algae fish frog
Identify research questions and design investigations for a scientific problem Solve nonroutine problems using multiple concepts Develop a scientific model for a complex situation Form conclusions from experimental data or observations Interpret information from complex graphs Cite evidence and develop logical arguments Explain phenomena in terms of concepts
A response at this level ; 4 provides evidence of thorough knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. 3 provides evidence of competent knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. 2 provides evidence of a basic knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. 1 provides evidence of minimal knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. 0 is not scorable. The response is off-topic, blank, hostile, or otherwise not scorable.