Evaluate the impact of biotechnology on the individual, society and the environment, including medical and ethical issues.
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 912
Body of Knowledge: Life Science
Standard: Heredity and Reproduction -

A. DNA stores and transmits genetic information. Genes are sets of instructions encoded in the structure of DNA.

B. Genetic information is passed from generation to generation by DNA in all organisms and accounts for similarities in related individuals.

C. Manipulation of DNA in organisms has led to commercial production of biological molecules on a large scale and genetically modified organisms.

D. Reproduction is characteristic of living things and is essential for the survival of species.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes


Annually assessed on Biology EOC.


  • Reporting Category: Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems
  • Clarification :
    Students will evaluate examples and/or explain the possible impact of biotechnology on the individual, society, and/or the environment.
  • Content Limits :

    Items may assess current issues but will not require knowledge of specific biotechnologies or specific medical issues.

    Items assessing the possible impacts of biotechnology will not assess monetary impacts.

  • Stimulus Attributes :
    None specified
  • Response Attributes :
    None specified
  • Prior Knowledge :
    Items may require the student to apply scientific knowledge described in the NGSSS from lower grades. This benchmark requires prerequisite knowledge of SC.7.L.16.4, SC.8.E.5.10, SC.8.N.4.1, and SC.8.N.4.2.


  • Test Item #: Sample Item 1
  • Question: While genetic engineering has positive benefits, there are also concerns associated with widespread use of genetic engineering in agriculture. If many farmers begin to plant more genetically modified crops that have an increased tolerance to insects, which of the following may result?
  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: MC: Multiple Choice