To help build student achievement when answering MCAS open response questions on the Science and Technology/Engineering Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment I have been designing and collecting MCAS style questions that reflect the Next Generation Science Standards. With my students I try and give them at least two practice MCAS open response questions per unit. It is my hope that over time students become more comfortable with identifying testing language in these questions and that they adequately and completely answer all parts of the question and receive a score of 3 or higher. I place great focus on the testing language to help train the students on exactly what the question is asking. I also offer sentence starters and sentence frames for ELL and IEP students to help structure their responses.
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