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Animals and Their Surroundings Informational Performance Task
This performance task comes from the Smarter Balanced practice test. This specific task asks students to read three informational articles describing how animals adapt to their environment. Students answer three research questions (constructed- and selected-response items) that require them to evaluate sources and identify evidence to support ideas. Finally, students are asked to use more than one of the sources to write an informational article supporting a main idea about animals and where they live.
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Each of the two case studies provides an analysis of an individual student’s responses to all of the questions in a performance task, unpacks the scoring, and considers next steps for supporting the student to demonstrate college and career readiness.
Coming soon! The educators who scored and annotated the fourth-grade student samples wrote reflections on the patterns of performance they observed and their strategies to support students in their own classrooms across all three writing dimensions.