School Improvement in Maryland
Sample Item Scoring Information Return

Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 4. Determine and analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective c. State and support main ideas and messages

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the article 'Persistence' and answer the following question.

What other title would help a reader understand the main idea of this passage? Explain how the title you selected will help the reader better understand the main idea of the passage.

Sample Student Response #1

image of student response

Annotation: The student suggests an appropriate title "I kept trying" which indicates understanding of a main idea of the article. The response focuses on evidence in the text that supports the title suggested. The student explains that Paul kept trying until he did win the car and rocket races and then kept trying to become an astronaut even though "he was rejected…for 8 years."


Sample Student Response #2

image of student response

Annotation: The student suggests a title, "Achieving a Goal" which reflects understanding of the article but does not focus on a main idea. The student merely lists examples of goals that were achieved, such as winning races and becoming an astronaut. To focus on the main idea of the article, the student could have explained how Paul "worked hard" to succeed in achieving his goals.


/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_6_020.xml