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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2019, Grade 10 English Language Arts

Question 18: Essay  
 
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Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
5
  • Central idea is insightful and fully developed
  • Skillful selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Skillful and/or subtle organization
  • Rich expression of ideas
  • Full awareness of the task/mode
5
4
  • Central idea is clear and well developed
  • Effective selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Effective organization
  • Clear expression of ideas
  • Full awareness of the task/mode
3
  • Central idea is general and moderately developed
  • Appropriate selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Moderate organization
  • Adequate expression of ideas
  • Sufficient awareness of the task/mode
2
  • Central idea may be present and is somewhat developed
  • Limited selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Limited organization
  • Basic expression of ideas
  • Partial awareness of the task/mode
1
  • Central idea is not developed
  • Insufficient evidence/details
  • Minimal organization
  • Poor expression of ideas
  • Minimal awareness of the task/mode
0 The response shows evidence the student has read the text but does not address the question or incorrectly responds to the question.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 5.

Scoring Guide for Standard English Conventions
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
3
  • Consistent control of a variety of sentence structures relative to length of essay
  • Consistent control of grammar, usage and mechanics relative to complexity and/or length of essay
2
  • Mostly consistent control of sentence structures relative to length of essay
  • Mostly consistent control of grammar, usage and mechanics relative to complexity and/or length of essay
1
  • Little control and/or no variety in sentence structure and/or
  • Little control of grammar, usage and mechanics relative to complexity and/or insufficient length
0 Sentences are formed incorrectly with no control of grammar, usage and mechanics and/or insufficient length


Grade 10 English Language Arts

Question 9: Language and Writing
Question 18: Language and Writing

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Last Updated: July 18, 2018
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