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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2012, High School Technology/Engineering

  Question 11: Open-Response  
The diagrams below show a USB flash drive and a compact disc (CD).
A 2 inch USB flash drive sits next to a 4.7 inch compact disc
Both USB flash drives and CDs are very durable compared to previous storage devices. USB flash drives have replaced CDs for many applications.Describe four advantages of using USB flash drives rather than CDs to transfer data.

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

ScoreDescription
4 The response demonstrates a thorough understanding of a technology that has changed over time to advance society. The response correctly describes four advantages of using USB flash drives over compact discs to transfer data.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of a technology that has changed over time to advance society.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of a technology that has changed over time to advance society.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of a technology that has changed over time to advance society.
0 The 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.

High School Technology/Engineering

Question 11: Engineering Design
Question 23: Electrical and Communication Systems
Question 33: Fluid and Thermal Systems
Question 44: Construction and Manufacturing
Question 45: Electrical and Communication Systems

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Last Updated: May 23, 2016
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