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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2016, Grade 10 English Language Arts

  Question 9: Open-Response  
Based on the excerpt, explain why Phiona's accomplishments are so impressive, given the challenges of her life. Support your answer with relevant and specific details from the excerpt.

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 Phiona's accomplishments are so impressive, given the challenges of her life. The response includes relevant and specific details from the excerpt.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why Phiona's accomplishments are so impressive, given the challenges of her life. The response includes relevant but often general details from the excerpt.
2 The response is a partial explanation of why Phiona's accomplishments are so impressive, given the challenges of her life. The response includes limited details from the excerpt and may include misinterpretations.
1 The response is a minimal explanation of why Phiona's accomplishments are so impressive, given the challenges of her life. The response includes few or no details from the excerpt 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 10 English Language Arts

Question 9: Reading Comprehension
Question 14: Reading Comprehension
Question 27: Reading Comprehension
Question 36: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: November 18, 2014
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