AAAS Science Assessment: Plate Tectonics

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AAAS Science Assessment


This assessment on plate tectonics lists sub-ideas (core knowledge and information), as well as performance percentages for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. The assessment also lists common misconceptions the students had regarding the subject material. Categories include the outer layer of the earth, tectonic plates sitting on a molten layer of earth, general science on plate tectonics, mountain-forming, divergent plate boundaries and magma rising from the cracks, and oceanic plates.

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