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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

MCAS Student Work/Scoring Guides

This page provides access to each released essay item, constructed-response item, open-response item, and writing prompt included on the MCAS tests from the last five years; the scoring guide that accompanies each item; and samples of student work at each score point for the item. Taken together, the items, the scoring guides, and the corresponding student work provide a picture of the expectations for student performance on the MCAS tests.

Select a year below to view the test questions, scoring guides, and student work from that year.

Scoring Guides for ELA Composition

Below you will find the scoring guides for the ELA Composition that are used to score student responses to writing prompts in the areas of Topic/Idea Development and Standard English Conventions. The scoring guides are used for the grade 10 Composition and the retests, and were used for the compositions at grades 4 and 7 through 2016.

Scoring Guides for ELA Composition



Last Updated: September 15, 2017
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