Most of our school year, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been solving past MCAS questions as well as ones about the construction site across the street. This year's actual testing period is coming right up. So for the past three weeks, the kids have moved on to new territory.
The MCAS exams don't just have problems that are multiple choice or short answer. Educators in Massachusetts also want to know whether students can do problems that have more than one step. They also want to see how well students can show their thinking.
These kind of problems are called OPEN RESPONSES. Here are the answers our students have come up with for last week's real past MCAS open response problems.
Here's one of our third grader's answers:
Here's the fourth grade response:
Now, the fifth: