PPI Series: Are you Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Sample Question from the New York State Grade 5 English Language Arts Assessment

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Part twelve of an ongoing series on higher standards in New York State

To help educators and the public understand how the annual English language arts tests have changed in accordance with what the state’s new, higher standards demand, the Education Department has released a sample of test questions on EngageNY.org.  The example in today’s post is an article taken directly from NASA’s website, written by an expert in the history of spaceflight.  On the 5th grade English language arts assessment, six multiple choice questions were based on this passage, to measure various skills including students’ ability to find the main idea, explain how an author uses reasoning and evidence to support particular points, and draw inferences based on specific information in the text.

Figure 6: Sample question from New York State Grade 5 English Language Arts Assessment
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Please click here to read part eleven in this ongoing series.

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