New York State Testing ProgramGrade 6 Common CoreEnglish Language Arts TestReleased QuestionsMay 2016New York State administered the English Language Arts Common CoreTests in April 2016 and is now making approximately 75% of thequestions from these tests available for review and use.June 28, 2016
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234New York State Testing ProgramGrade 3-8 English Language ArtsReleased Questions from 2016 ExamsBackgroundIn 2013, New York State began administering tests designed to assess student performance in accordancewith the instructional shifts and rigor demanded by the new New York State P-12 Learning Standards inEnglish Language Arts (ELA). To help in this transition to new assessments, the New York State EducationDepartment (SED) has been releasing an increasing numbers of test questions from the tests that wereadministered to students across the State in the spring. This year, SED is again releasing large portions ofthe 2016 NYS Grade 3-8 Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics test materials for review,discussion, and use.For 2016, included in these released materials are at least 75 percent of the test questions that appearedon the 2016 tests (including all constructed-response questions) that counted toward students’ scores.Additionally, SED is providing information about the released passages; the associated text complexity foreach passage; and a map that details what learning standard each released question measures and thecorrect response to each question. These released materials will help students, families, educators, andthe public better understand the tests and the New York State Education Department’s expectations forstudents.Understanding ELA QuestionsMultiple-Choice QuestionsMultiple-choice questions are designed to assess the New York State P-12 Learning Standards in EnglishLanguage Arts. These questions ask students to analyze different aspects of a given text, including centralidea, style elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary. Almost all questions, includingvocabulary questions, will be answered correctly only if the student comprehends and makes use of thewhole passage.For multiple-choice questions, students select the correct response from four answer choices. Multiplechoice questions assess reading standards in a variety of ways. Some ask students to analyze aspects oftext or vocabulary. Many questions require students to combine skills. For example, questions may askstudents to identify a segment of text that best supports the central idea. To answer these questionscorrectly, a student must first comprehend the central idea and then show understanding of how thatidea is supported. Questions tend to require more than rote recall or identification.Short-Response QuestionsShort-response questions are designed to assess New York State P-12 Reading and Language Standards.These are single questions in which a student uses textual evidence to support his or her answer to aninferential question. These questions ask the student to make an inference (a claim, position, or
conclusion) based on his or her analysis of the passage, and then provide two pieces of text-basedevidence to support his or her answer.The purpose of the short-response questions is to assess a student’s ability to comprehend and analyzetext. In responding to these questions, students are expected to write in complete sentences. Responsesrequire no more than three complete sentences. The rubric used for evaluating short-response questionscan be found in the grade-level Educator Guides at nse QuestionsExtended-response questions are designed to measure a student’s ability to write from sources.Questions that measure Writing from Sources prompt students to communicate a clear and coherentanalysis of one or two texts. The comprehension and analysis required by each extended response isdirectly related to grade-specific reading standards. Student responses are evaluated on the degree towhich they meet grade-level writing and language expectations. This evaluation is made by using a rubricthat incorporates the demands of grade-specific New York State P-12 Reading and Language standards.The integrated nature of the standards for ELA and literacy requires that students are evaluated acrossthe strands (Reading, Writing, and Language) with longer pieces of writing, such as those prompted by theextended-response questions. The rubric used for evaluating extended-response questions can be foundin the grade-level Educator Guides at nglishlanguage-arts-and-mathematics.New York State P-12 Learning Standards AlignmentThe alignment(s) to the New York State P-12 Learning Standards for English Language Arts is/are intendedto identify the analytic skills necessary to successfully answer each question. However, some questionsmeasure proficiencies described in multiple standards, including writing and additional reading andlanguage standards. For example, two-point and four-point constructed-response questions requirestudents to first conduct the analyses described in the mapped standard and then produce writtenresponses that are rated based on writing standards. To gain greater insight into the measurement focusfor constructed-response questions, please refer to the rubrics.These Released Questions Do Not Comprise a “Mini Test”To ensure future valid and reliable tests, some content must remain secure for possible use on futureexams. As such, this document is not intended to be representative of the entire test, to show howoperational tests look, or to provide information about how teachers should administer the test; rather,its purpose is to provide an overview of how the test reflects the demands of the New York State P-12Learning Standards.The released questions do not represent the full spectrum of the standards assessed on the State tests,nor do they represent the full spectrum of how the standards should be taught and assessed in theclassroom. It should not be assumed that a particular standard will be measured by an identical questionin future assessments. Specific criteria for writing test questions, as well as additional assessmentinformation, are available at http://www.engageny.org/common-core-assessments.
2016 Grade 6 ELA Test Text Complexity Metrics forReleased Questions Available on EngageNYSelecting high-quality, grade-appropriate passages requires both objective textcomplexity metrics and expert judgment. For the grade 3-8 assessments based on theNew York State P-12 Learning Standards for English Language Arts, both quantitativeand qualitative rubrics are used to determine the complexity of the texts and theirappropriate placement within a grade-level ELA exam.Quantitative measures of text complexity are used to measure aspects of textcomplexity that are difficult for a human reader to evaluate when examining a text.These aspects include word frequency, word length, sentence length, and text cohesion.These aspects are efficiently measured by computer programs. While quantitative textcomplexity metrics are a helpful start, they are not definitive.Qualitative measures are a crucial complement to quantitative measures. Usingqualitative measures of text complexity involves making an informed decision about thedifficulty of a text in terms of one or more factors discernible to a human readerapplying trained judgment to the task. To qualitatively determine the complexity of atext, educators use a rubric composed of five factors; four of these factors are requiredand one factor is optional. The required criteria are: meaning, text structure, languagefeatures, and knowledge demands. The optional factor, graphics, is used only if agraphic appears in the text.To make the final determination as to whether a text is at grade-level and thusappropriate to be included on a grade 3-8 assessment, New York State uses a two-stepreview process, which is industry best-practice. First, all prospective passages undergoquantitative text complexity analysis using three text complexity measures. If at leasttwo of the three measures suggest that the passage is grade-appropriate, the passagethen moves to the second step, which is the qualitative review using the text-complexityrubrics. Only passages that are determined appropriate by at least two of threequantitative measures of complexity and are determined appropriate by the qualitativemeasure of complexity are deemed appropriate for use on the exam.For more information about text selection, complexity, and the review process pleaserefer exity-grades-9-12
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTGrade 6Key PointsTHE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 122342016 English Language Arts Tests Map to the StandardsReleased Questions Available on EngageNYMultiple Choice Questions:Percentage of StudentsSecondaryWho Answered ionBook 1Type1Multiple le le le le le le ple ple ple ChoiceB1CCSS.ELA-Literacy L.6.4cReading0.6725Multiple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ple ChoiceD1CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2Reading0.53Book 2Constructed Response Questions:AverageP-ValuePoints(Average Points EarnedEarned Total Possible Points)
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