Sample Student Work from the 2013 NYS ELA Common Core Test

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Sample Student Work from the 2013 NYS ELA Common Core Test

Sample Student Work from the 2013 NYS ELA Common Core Test

The released test questions include both multiple choice and constructed response questions. Constructed Response questions ask students to write a thoughtful essay in response to questions the test asks. Here, NYSED is providing student responses to a "constructed response" question.

By looking at the student work, parents, teachers, and students can gain a better sense of what kind of answers earns students a better score. We can also look at this work and see what students know and are able to do at different levels. In general, students who answered well on these questions are likely to be at level 3 or 4. Similarly, students who earn fewer points on each question have a greater likelihood of being classified as a level 1 or level 2. While not guaranteed, if your student is capable of earning full credit on "constructed response" questions they will most likely be prepared to earn a level 3 or 4 on the state test.

Student Writing Sample
Sample Student Work

Grade 3
Passage and prompt
4 Point Score
3 Point Score
2 Point Score
1 Point Score
0 Point Score

Grade 4
Passage and prompt
4 Point Score
3 Point Score
2 Point Score
1 Point Score
0 Point Score

Grade 5
Passage and prompt
4 Point Score
3 Point Score
2 Point Score
1 Point Score
0 Point Score

Grade 6
Passage and prompt
4 Point Score
3 Point Score
2 Point Score
1 Point Score
0 Point Score

Grade 7
Passage and prompt
4 Point Score
3 Point Score
2 Point Score
1 Point Score
0 Point Score

Grade 8
Passage and prompt
4 Point Score
3 Point Score
2 Point Score
1 Point Score
0 Point Score

Downloadable Resources

Created on:
Thu 09/5/2013
Posted by NYSED
Subject(s):
English Language Arts
Topic(s):
Common Core Learning Standards
Resource Type:
Professional Development Turnkey Kits