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The PARCC states have released mathematics performance-based practice tests for all grade levels in both the computer-based format and as PDFs to print out on paper. These practice tests add to the resources available to teachers, schools, students and parents. They help increase familiarity with the types of questions, the format of the questions, and the computer platform and paper forms.
This is item 9 from the recently released Grade 7 mathematics performance-based practice test. It requires students to express a real-world, multi-step problem in mathematical terms. This is known as mathematical modeling. The content for this problem is from Grade 6, so that students can focus on demonstrating their ability to model, which is the purpose of this item.
“Determining their ranges of capabilities is what truly help informs instruction," says Bonnie Hain, PARCC's Director of English Language Arts/Literacy Content. In this short video, Bonnie explains why it’s ok that some of the test questions seem difficult. “The test is designed to allow struggling students to show what they know and they are able to do but also gifted and talented students and every student in between.”