Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
Science and Technology/Engineering
Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Cognitive Skills Descriptions for Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS Items
Each Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) MCAS item is aligned to one of the cognitive skills based on Revised Bloom's taxonomy. Assessment staff members have described these cognitive skills based on the STE MCAS test and the types of items developed for MCAS. These descriptions can be found in the links below. They are working drafts and may be updated periodically.
These descriptions are not exhaustive lists, but rather give an idea of how to categorize an item. The cognitive skill level also depends upon the students' exposure to the content and skills. An item may be novel and therefore applying to some students, while to other students the same item may be a familiar example and therefore at the understanding level.
The cognitive skill level for each MCAS item is assigned based on how the majority of students will interact with the item. Each cognitive skill assigned to an item is reviewed by Assessment Development Committees (groups of educators who review MCAS items for a particular content area and grade level).
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Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering Cognitive Skills
Grade 8 Science and Technology/Engineering Cognitive Skills
High School Biology Cognitive Skills
High School Chemistry Cognitive Skills
High School Introductory Physics Cognitive Skills
High School Technology/Engineering Cognitive Skills