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					                 KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
                OFFICE OF ASSESSMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY
                    DIVISION OF ASSESSMENT SUPPORT
                                      9/18/2012


              MYTH                                 MYTH BUSTER
Restating the question is mandatory.         No, it is not required but is acceptable to do.
Responses restating the question without     No, new or additional information must be
further information will earn at least one   included in order to receive any credit.
point.
A graphic organizer should be done on the    Depending on the type of question being
response page.                               asked a graphic organizer may not be the best
                                             way to record the answer. Best practice
                                             would be to use the organizer on scrap paper
                                             to plan the response.
Answers must be in paragraph form.           Scorers are trained to focus on content and
                                             not address the format of the response. A
                                             response in any format: bulleted, labeled
                                             diagram, or graphic organizer, will be scored.
                                             However, the nature of graphic organizers is
                                             to outline or abbreviate rather than to give
                                             supporting information and/or explanations
                                             that are usually required by the questions.
Doing more than required by the prompt       A score of four requires the response to
will score a four (4).                       completely and accurately reflect the correct
                                             answer according to the scoring guide. Extra
                                             information is not required to score a 4. If the
                                             extra information is inaccurate, it can prevent
                                             the responses from scoring a 4.
Must use content specific vocabulary in      Not necessarily, if the content can be
order to score a four (4).                   adequately expressed without the use of
                                             specific vocabulary appropriate credit will be
                                             given to the response. Content vocabulary is
                                             only required if the question specifically asks
                                             for its use.
Three or more examples must always be        No, the question will specify the number of
given.                                       examples required. Giving more will not
                                             increase the score.
Scorers only have 30 seconds to score each   No, scorers can take as much time as needed
piece.                                       to score each response.
Released items are bad items that have       Not true, the items are good to use in
been thrown out of the test.                 instruction and are representative of the test.
                                             Release is not based on how the item
                                             performed.

				
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