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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2015, Grade 6 English Language Arts

  Question 6: Open-Response  
Based on the passage, describe how Mars has fascinated scientists and others throughout history. 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 description of how Mars has fascinated scientists and others throughout history. The response contains important details from the passage.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete and accurate description of how Mars has fascinated scientists and others throughout history. The response includes relevant but often general details from the passage.
2 The response is a partial description of how Mars has fascinated scientists and others throughout history. The response includes limited details from the passage and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal description of how Mars has fascinated scientists and others throughout history. The response contains 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 17: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: October 17, 2013
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