School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 6

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

Sample Assessments: Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective c. Analyze the text and its information for reliability

Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'Persistence' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Which of these strategies would be most helpful to someone who is checking the reliability of the information in this article?

  1. Asking about the history of Pinewood Derbies.
  2. Researching biographies of the space shuttle astronauts.
  3. Checking the flight records of the space shuttle Discovery.
  4. Investigating a list of well-known adults who were once scouts.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Connections between the credentials of the author and the information in the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.6.c: