The sample responses provided here are selections of actual student work from the MCAS tests administered in 2013. In order to protect the privacy of individual students, all names and references of a personal nature have been altered or removed. Aside from these changes, the responses appear as the students wrote them.
The annotations that accompany each sample response are specific to that response. The annotations are based on the description for each score point and identify those elements of the response that were instrumental in determining the score it received.
Grade 8 English Language Arts of the Release of Spring 2013 MCAS Test Items