From OSPI: Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work (2011)

Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has released a document describing some common mistakes made by students on most recent state standardized tests (2010-2011 school year).  I find the examples and the commentaries from scorers most useful for designing lessons, or keeping standards high on my own grading of student work.

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Excerpt below.

Rangefinding, scoring and data review of items on the Mathematics Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) provides the opportunity to see hundreds of student responses at each grade and/or course level and to evaluate data summarizing student performance. The Mathematics Assessment Team would like to share observations about student responses and areas of mathematics where students appear to be struggling. Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work lists actions students could take to increase their scores on the state assessments.  Because new standards are being assessed, we have also added descriptions of content that was particularly difficult for students. Grades and/or courses will be listed separately.  (OSPI, 2011).


OSPI. (2011).  Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work on Grades 6-8 MSP.  Retrieved November 3, 2011 from

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