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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2012, Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

  Question 21: Open-Response  
Alicia lives near the beach. She wants to plant a vegetable garden, but she knows vegetables will be difficult to grow in the sandy soil in her backyard.
  1. Describe two properties of sandy soil that make growing vegetables difficult.
  2. Describe one thing Alicia could add to the soil to make it better for growing vegetables. Explain the reasoning for your answer.

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 different properties of soil. The response clearly describes two properties of sandy soil that make growing vegetables difficult and clearly describes and explains one thing that could be added to sandy soil to make it better for growing vegetables.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of the different properties of soil.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of the different properties of soil.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the different properties of soil.
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.

Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

Question 7: Physical Sciences
Question 21: Earth and Space Science

Return to the MCAS 2012 Student Work Directory



Last Updated: June 28, 2016
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