The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge language arts literacy grade 3 and grade 4 guide to criterion based holistic scoring a writing and reading handbook which is relevant to all the parents students and private tutors at all three Math Genie abacus math for kids schools in New Jersey in the United States of America, carries on to state the following, quote “NJ Ask Released Sample Grade 4 Score Point 3. This response demonstrates an understanding of the task. The student explains the reason for using lightweight paper (if you had a heavyweight paper it would weigh so much the rocket would not go anywhere even if the balloon was blown up. The balloon would stay there and deflate] and includes some relevant information from the article that helps imply the function of the paper [The lightweight paper would make the rocket shoot along the string]. However, the explanation, although accurate, is simple and lacks the details and elaboration needed for a higher score. |
This student provides a reason for using lightweight paper for the activity [the rocket may not move if the paper is heavy] and provides a simple but accurate conclusion using information from the article as support [the balloon will have to use more air to push and it may not have enough air to move the paper. If the balloon does have enough air to move the heavy paper it will not move very far or fast because the paper will not move easily]. Although accurate, the response does not provide the details needed to explain how the paper functions in the activity. Score Point 4. This response clearly demonstrates that the student has synthesized the text and understood the task. The student provides appropriate and elaborated reasons for using lightweight paper [if the paper is heavy then when the rocket is flying the paper will drag down the balloon. . . it will not fly straight; if I have to fold the paper that many times and then have to cut it, it will be too thick and hard for me to cut]. The details used to develop the explanations are accurate and display a controlled use of relevant text to draw logical conclusions. This response provides an appropriate and elaborated reason for using lightweight paper for the activity [You would use lightweight paper because it is lighter than other papers.
Also if you used heavier paper it would weigh the rocket down]. The student then makes relevant and controlled use of the text to illustrate the effect of the paper on the activity [If the rocket is weighed down it will move slower. When it moves slower the balloon starts to run out of air and will not be able to make it down the string]. By predicting the effect of heavyweight paper, the student draws an appropriate and logical conclusion that extends the meaning of the text. This very complete response demonstrates that the student has synthesized the passage and has a very clear understanding of the task. The student makes relevant and controlled use of text to explain the reason for using lightweight paper [if you use lightweight paper. . . you will probably find that it goes all the way down the string] and to predict the effect of heavyweight paper [The heavy paper ways the rocket down]. The student then provides specific details to explain why the heavier paper would produce a different outcome and draws an appropriate and logical conclusion [Since the heavy paper needs more air to push it, the air runs out before the rocket hits the end of the string]” end quote.
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