Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
2012 MCAS Sample Student Work and Scoring Guides
Below you will find each released short-response question, open-response question, and writing prompt that was included on the spring 2012 MCAS tests; the scoring guide for each question; and a sample of student work at each score point for that question. Student work samples in English Language Arts Composition and Reading Comprehension include annotations at all grade levels and score points.
Taken together, the questions, the writing prompts, the scoring guides, and the corresponding student work provide a picture of the expectations for student performance on the MCAS tests.
Two different samples of student work have been included at the highest score point for all grades and subjects with the exception of the ELA Composition Standard English Conventions. In addition, two different samples are included at Score Points 1 and 2 for the short-response question for Grade 3 ELA Reading Comprehension.
The Release of Spring 2012 MCAS Test Items contains all grade 10 ELA and Mathematics test items, as well as all high school Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, and Technology/Engineering test items on which student results are based. Also included in this document are approximately 50% of this year's common MCAS test items for grades 3-8.
Question Directory for Student Work