Grades 6-8. To measure student performance To track student progress To meet state and federal accountability requirements. Test Overview. Sections Language Arts Literacy (Reading and Writing) Mathematics Science (only grades 4 and 8). Grades 7-8. Testing Dates.
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To track student progress
To meet state and federal accountability requirements
Language Arts Literacy
(Reading and Writing)
(only grades 4 and 8)
April 28 – May 1, 2014
Day 1 – Monday, April 28, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy
Day 2 – Tuesday April 29, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy
Day 3 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Mathematics
Day 4 – Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Mathematics (Grade 7 only)
Science (Grade 8 only)
May 5 – May 8, 2014
Day 1 – Monday, May 5, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy
Day 2 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy
Day 3 – Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – Mathematics
Day 4 – Thursday, May 8, 2014 – Mathematics
Students will have 2 writing tasks to complete:
Sample Argument Writing Prompt
Educational researchers claim that student learning will improve if all printed textbooks are replaced with electronic textbooks, known as e-textbooks. Based on the researchers’ findings, students in your school will be issued an e-textbook reader, which is a device that displays electronic books.
Write an essay either supporting or opposing the claim that student learning will improve if all student textbooks are replaced with electronic reading books. Use your knowledge and your own experience or observation to develop your essay. Use reasons, facts, examples and/or other evidence to support your position.
Sample Explanatory Writing Prompt
Consider how the following quotation is related to you.
“Even you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
comedian, and actor
Write an essay for your language arts teacher explaining what this quotation means to you. Use details, reasons and examples in your explanation.
After reading an informative article, a student might be asked a questions like:
Which sentence best states the central idea of the article? A. Asimov’s short stories are still read today. B. Asimov had an exciting and adventurous life. C. Asimov’s childhood helped him succeed as an author. D. Asimov preferred reading to working in his father’s candy store.
Isaac Asimov became a popular science fiction writer.
• Based on the article, identify one reason why Asimov’s stories were popular.
• Based on the article, would scientists be interested in reading Asimov’s science fiction stories? Explain.Use specific information from the selection and any additional insight to support your response. Write your answer in your answer folder.
Students will have to answer multiple choice questions, short constructed responses and extended constructed response.
Science assessments include multiple choice questions and open ended items broken down into the following categories:
Life Science – 40% of the test
Physical Science – 30% of the test
Earth Science – 30% of the test
Ethanol (C2H5OH) reacts with oxygen (O2) to form carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20).
The reaction is represented by the chemical equation:C2H5OH + _?_ O2 2CO2 +3H20How many molecules of oxygen are required in this reaction?
1 b. 2
c. 3 d. 4
Two different bars of soap are being investigated by a group of students. They measured the mass and volume of each bar and recorded the results in the table below.