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Item/Point Totals: 2012 Administration

The grades 3-8 Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) each take one session (generally two hours) to administer.

Grades 7-12 End-of-Course (EOC) exams for mathematics and science are intended to be administered to algebra 1/integrated math 1, geometry/integrated math 2 and biology classrooms for three days. The approximate 150-minute administration time includes 30 minutes for directions/distributing materials.

Below is a chart that lists how many 1-point items (multiple choice and completion) and 2-point items (short-answer) are included on each test by subject and grade.


Reading 2012
Item Type Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 HS
Multiple Choice (1 point)
Linked to Passage/Scenario
Multiple Choice (1 point)
Stand Alone
Completion Item (1 point)
Linked or Stand Alone
26 26 26 30 30 30 35
Short Answer (2 points) 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Total Items 30 30 30 35 35 35 40
Total Points 34 34 34 40 40 40 45
Pilot Items (Questions)
Not Included in Student Scores
6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Mathematics 2012
Item Type Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 EOCs*
Multiple Choice (1 point) 20 20 20 25 25 25 29
Completion Item (1 point) 6 6 6 5 5 5 5
Short Answer (2 points) 4 4 4 5 5 5 3
Total Items (Questions) 30 30 30 35 35 35 37
Total Points 34 34 34 40 40 40 40
Course Specific Content Items
Student performance on these items is not incorporated into student scale scores for purposes of meeting standard.
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 6
Pilot Items (Questions)
Not Included in Student Scores
5 5 5 5 5 5 6

* High school exams in 2012 are end-of-course in algebra 1/integrated mathematics 1 and geometry/integrated mathematics 2. Both EOCs have same item and points totals.


Science 2012
Item Type Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 EOC
Multiple Choice and Completion Item
(1 point)
Linked to Scenario or Stand Alone
    26     30 35
Short Answer (2 points)     4     5 5
Total Items (Questions)     30     35 40
Total Points     34     40 45
Pilot Items (Questions)
Not Included in Student Scores
    5     5 5

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