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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

English Language Arts Test Design and Development

Additional Resources

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Released Questions and Student Work Samples
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Tutorial
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Life Cycle of an ELA Item
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ELA Item Alignment and Coding
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Practice Tests
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Blank ELA January HS Composition Response Box
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Blank ELA January HS OR Response Box

ELA Rubrics

The Department has released rubrics for short responses and essays by grade level below.

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Grades 3 – 4: Short Response/Constructed Response Rubric (2017 – present)
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Grades 3 – 5: Essay Rubric (2017 – present)
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Grades 6 – 8: Essay Rubric (2017 – present)
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Grade 10: Essay Rubric (2019-present)
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Grade 10: Legacy Open Response Rubric
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Grade 10: Legacy Composition Rubric

Last Updated: December 7, 2020

 
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