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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2012, High School Technology/Engineering

  Question 44: Open-Response  
An automobile manufacturer is considering the use of robotics to paint new cars.
  1. Provide one reason why using robots to paint cars might increase production compared with using human workers.
  2. Identify and explain two other reasons, besides an increase in production, for choosing robots instead of human workers to paint cars.

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 the advantages of using robotics. The response provides one reason why it is more productive to use robots instead of human workers, and identifies and explains two other reasons for choosing robots instead of human workers to paint cars.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of the advantages of using robotics.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of the advantages of using robotics.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the advantages of using robotics.
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: July 17, 2015
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