Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2017 MCAS Sample Student Work and Scoring Guides

Below you will find scoring guides and samples of student work for released items from the spring 2017 MCAS tests. Scoring guides and student work samples are provided for the following item types: open-response items, constructed-response items, essay questions, and writing prompts (grade 10 ELA Composition only).

Annotations are included at all score points with the student work samples for the grades 3–8 ELA essay items and the grade 10 Composition and Reading Comprehension items.

Two different samples of student work have been included at the highest score point for all grades and subjects with a few exceptions: only one top-scoring sample has been released for Standard English Conventions for the ELA grades 3–8 essay items and the grade 10 ELA Composition; also, only one top-scoring sample has been released for Idea Development for the ELA grades 6 and 7 essay items, although it is anticipated that two top-scoring Idea Development samples will be included for these grades in future years.

The document Release of Spring 2017 MCAS Test Items contains all released items from the spring 2017 MCAS tests, as well as information about unreleased items. The document provides the following information about each released and unreleased operational item: reporting category, standard(s) covered, item type, and item description (where available). The document also lists any reference materials and tools that students were allowed to use during test sessions.

For more information see: Using This Online Tool

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Last Updated: October 13, 2017

 
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