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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2014, Grade 5 Mathematics

  Question 21: Open-Response no calculator allowed
A class of 25 students is going on a field trip. The bus for the field trip will cost a total of $125. Each student will pay the same amount for the bus.
  1. What is the cost of the bus for each student? Show your work or explain how you got your answer.
On the field trip, students can purchase a lunch for $2.75, a bottle of water for $0.69, a snack for $1.25, and a T-shirt for $12.50.
  1. What is the total cost of one lunch, one bottle of water, one snack, and one T-shirt? Show your work or explain how you got your answer.
Harold is going on the field trip. He wants to buy a snack and a T-shirt. Harold has a total of $13.10.
  1. Does Harold have enough money to buy the snack and the T-shirt? Show your work or explain how you got 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 student response demonstrates an exemplary understanding of the Number Sense and Operations concepts involved in accurately and efficiently adding and subtracting decimals and dividing whole numbers. The student uses computations to solve real-world problems including dividing a three-digit whole number by a two-digit whole number and adding decimals.
4
3 The student response demonstrates a good understanding of the Number Sense and Operations concepts involved in accurately and efficiently adding and subtracting decimals and dividing whole numbers. Although there is significant evidence that the student was able to recognize and apply the concepts involved, some aspect of the response is flawed. As a result the response merits 3 points.
2 The student response demonstrates a fair understanding of the Number Sense and Operations concepts involved in accurately and efficiently adding and subtracting decimals and dividing whole numbers. While some aspects of the task are completed correctly, others are not. The mixed evidence provided by the student merits 2 points.
1 The student response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the Number Sense and Operations concepts involved in accurately and efficiently adding and subtracting decimals and dividing whole numbers.
0 The student response contains insufficient evidence of an understanding of the Number Sense and Operations concepts involved in accurately and efficiently adding and subtracting decimals and dividing whole numbers to merit any points.

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

Grade 5 Mathematics

Question 10: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Question 21: Number and Operations In Base Ten

Return to the MCAS 2014 Student Work Directory



Last Updated: November 28, 2017
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