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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2013, High School Technology/Engineering

  Question 11: Open-Response  
The diagram below shows four common tools.
Shows four common tools: an adjustable wrench, needle-nose pliers, a rubber mallet, and a steel hammer.
“Use the right tool for the right task” is an important safety rule in any situation.
  1. Describe a task for which the right tool to use is a wrench but not pliers. Explain your answer.
  2. Describe a task for which the right tool to use is pliers but not a wrench. Explain your answer.
  3. Describe a task for which a rubber mallet is better suited than a steel hammer. Explain your reasoning.

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 safe and proper use of common hand tools used in construction. The response clearly describes an appropriate task for using a wrench and an appropriate task for using pliers, and explains why each tool is appropriate. The response also clearly describes a task better suited for a rubber mallet than a steel hammer and explains the reasoning.
4
3
The response demonstrates a general understanding of the safe and proper use of common hand tools used in construction.
2
The response demonstrates a limited understanding of the safe and proper use of common hand tools used in construction.
1
The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the safe and proper use of common hand tools used in construction.
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.

High School Technology/Engineering

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

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Last Updated: July 5, 2017
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