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5. A pretty fun topic to write about is . But remember: WRITE ABOUT A TOPIC THAT YOU CAN DISCUSS IN DEPTH. The atomic bomb, Sputnik, or gunpowder are topics that fit this theme. Other choices include the astrolabe, aqueducts, and the printing press.

As you can see, the Part 2 Argument Essay is the most heavily weighted section.

If you were among the first colonizers of a new planet in the twenty-first century, whatwould you not want your fellow colonists to transport from the planet Earth?


Goal #5: To revise the score points of 1 and 0.

Goal #1: To improve the alignment of scoring criteria between the Thematic essay and DBQ essay.

Please note: Criteria listed for scores of 1 through 5 are intended to work together to define a particular score point, but the criteria for a score of zero do not. The criteria for a score of zero are intended to be distinct and as such, if only one of them is met, the paper may be scored 0. To illustrate this on the actual rubrics, bullets are not used for a score of zero.


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Each of the three parts of the Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) has a number of raw score credits associated with the questions/tasks within that part. In order to ensure an appropriate distribution of credits across the test, each part is weighted.

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For Part 1, each multiple-choice question is worth one point. The Part 2 essay is scored on a 6-point rubric then weighted X 4. The Part 3 Text Analysis is scored on a 4-point rubric and then weighted X 2.

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The table below shows the raw score credits, weighting factor, and weighted score credits for each part of the test. This information will be used to determine each student?s scale score (final exam score) through the use of a conversion chart provided by NYSED

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The first Regents examinations were "preliminary" examinations that were administered to eighth grade pupils. The preliminary examinations were first administered in November 1865 and were the result of an ordinance passed on July 27, 1864 by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. The ordinance stated in part that: