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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2013, Grade 6 English Language Arts

  Question 24: Open-Response  
Read the sentence from paragraph 12 in the box below.
The flying frog is a fascinating example of an animal that has taken its family traits to extremes in adapting to its special environment.
Based on the passage, explain why the flying frog could be called “extreme.” Support your answer with important details from the passage.

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

ScoreDescription
4 The response is a clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why the flying frog could be called “extreme.” The response includes important details from the passage.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why the flying frog could be called “extreme.” The response includes relevant but often general details from the passage.
2 The response is a partial explanation of why the flying frog could be called “extreme.” The response includes limited details from the passage and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal explanation of why the flying frog could be called “extreme.” The response includes few or no details from the passage and may include misinterpretations.
OR
The response relates minimally to the task.
0 The response is incorrect or irrelevant or contains insufficient information to demonstrate comprehension.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

Grade 6 English Language Arts

Question 6: Reading Comprehension
Question 13: Reading Comprehension
Question 24: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: August 19, 2013
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