Thank you Kelly for getting this test bank going for teachers. I think this is a very proactive positive help to everyone. I did have a department chair from another school caution me about not raising the bar too high for the first test the students take since everything will be compared from that point. The analysis of the schools is how they keep improving. So the first test the students take will be that school's benchmark of comparison. Something to think about. So I suggest that you keep the test bank going and then on round two of your students taking the science assessments make sure your students have been exposed to as many questions from the test bank as possible. I was on the Kansas State Science Assessments Committee and most of our committee recommending students taking the ACT as their science assessment. This really made sense since the ACT Science is not designed for students to regurgitate facts, but for them to be able to interpret experimental designs and extrapolate information from graphs and critically think through two opposing scientific points of view and be able to answer comprehension questions. This type of assessment matches what NSF says about our students needing to be critical thinkers and understand the process of science by doing. It does not mean to ignore teaching of science facts in class, but given the volume of scientific facts a child can learn in high school - expecting them to vomit back information is really a fairly low level expectation. At the time the committee worked on these standards there was much turmoil on the Kansas State School Board at the time which meant they were trying to serve a separate agenda and not help us to work through what would be best for the students in the state of Kansas. So until that changes, the teachers on the committee tried to stick with the National Science Standards and figure ways to make the questions higher level thinking. This test bank will help with the current science assessments. Happy Holidays, Janice Crowley jpcrowley@xxxxxxx Happy Holidays.