The following grade 8 extended constructed-response question asks students to describe the character traits of a person described in an article. See the full text of the grade 8 reading passage.
Student responses were scored according to a 4-level scale as "Extensive," "Essential," "Partial," or "Unsatisfactory." The sample response below is an example of an "Extensive" response.
Overall, 32 percent of students were scored as having a "Extensive" response. When only the students in the Proficient category are considered, 54 percent scored "Extensive."
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