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Mandatory Financial Literacy Classes Argumentative Performance Task
This performance task comes from the Smarter Balanced practice test. This specific task asks students to read four informational articles about financial literacy classes. 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 the sources to write an article arguing for or against mandatory financial literacy classes for high school students.
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Each of the two case studies provides an analysis of an individual student’s response 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. Case study 2 is an analysis of an EL student’s responses to the performance task.