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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2015, Grade 3 Mathematics

  Question 13: Open-Response no calculator allowed
Abigail and Casey each ordered a pizza for lunch. Both pizzas were the same size. The pizzas could be cut into either 2, 4, 6, or 8 equal pieces.
  1. Abigail ordered her pizza cut so that each piece had the smallest possible area. What fraction of Abigail’s whole pizza is one piece?
  1. Casey ordered his pizza cut so that it had half as many pieces as Abigail’s pizza. Write a number sentence to compare a fraction that represents one piece of Casey’s pizza and a fraction that represents one piece of Abigail’s pizza. Use greater than, less than, or = in your number sentence.

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

ScoreDescription
2
2
1
0

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

Grade 3 Mathematics

Question 3: Measurement and Data
Question 13: Number and Operations-Fractions

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Last Updated: May 3, 2016
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