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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2011, High School Technology/Engineering

  Question 33: Open-Response  
The photographs below show typical houses facing south in Vermont and in Arizona.
Photographs of a typical house in Vermont, and a typical house in Arizona.
The climate in Vermont varies greatly from the climate in Arizona. Factors such as wind, solar angle, and temperature likely influenced the design of these houses.
  1. Describe two features of the Vermont house design that make it uniquely advantageous to its geographical location. Explain your answers.
  2. Describe two features of the Arizona house design that make it uniquely advantageous to its geographical location. Explain your answers.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 Response demonstrates a thorough understanding of how environmental conditions such as wind, solar angle, and temperature influence the design of buildings. Response clearly describes and explains two features of each house that make the designs advantageous to their geographical location.
4
3 Response demonstrates a general understanding of how environmental conditions such as wind, solar angle, and temperature influence the design of buildings.
2 Response demonstrates a limited understanding of how environmental conditions such as wind, solar angle, and temperature influence the design of buildings.
1 Response demonstrates a minimal understanding of how environmental conditions such as wind, solar angle, and temperature influence the design of buildings.
0
Response is incorrect or contains some correct work that is irrelevant to the skill or concept being measured.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

In 2011, the Department did not release any questions from the high school Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests.
This was done in order to support the future development of tests in these subjects.

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Last Updated: September 20, 2012
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