2021 Grade 7 Mathematics Released Questions

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New York State Testing Program Grade 7
Mathematics Test
Released Questions
New York State administered the Mathematics Tests in May 2021 and is now making the questions from Session 1 of these tests available
for review and use. Only Session 1 was required in 2021.


New York State Testing Program Grades 3–8 Mathematics


Released Questions from 2021 Tests

In 2013, New York State (NYS) began administering tests designed to assess student performance in accordance with the instructional shifts and rigor demanded by the new New York State P–12 Learning Standards in Mathematics. To help in this transition to new assessments, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has been releasing an increasing number of test questions from the tests that were administered to students across the State in the spring. This year, SED is again releasing 2021 NYS Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics test materials for review, discussion, and use.

In February 2021, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still forcing restrictions on all educational and learning activities statewide, NYSED submitted two federal waiver requests related to state assessment and accountability requirements. The waiver requests addressed the unique circumstances caused by the pandemic that have resulted in many students receiving some or all of their instruction remotely.

Later that month, the United States Department of Education (USDE) informed states that it would not grant a blanket waiver for state assessments. However, the USDE agreed to uncouple state assessments from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability requirements so that test results will be used solely as a measure of student learning. Additionally, it was decided that NYSED would administer only Session 1 of the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics Tests for the Spring 2021 administration and that the tests would include previously administered questions.

The decision to use previously administered test questions in this extraordinary year was based on guidance from nationally recognized experts in the assessment field and was recommended in a publication from the Council of Chief State School Officers to state education departments. Reusing test questions provided the benefit of having established scale scores and stable item parameters. Using previously administered test questions also ensured that it will be possible to develop new test forms for 2022 and beyond. Although it was not the driver of the decision, the reuse of previously administered test questions provided an opportunity for cost savings during these unique circumstances where the instructional models used by schools varied throughout the State.

For 2021, the entire Session 1 booklet is being released as this is all that students were required to take. Additionally, NYSED is providing a map that details what learning standards each released question measures, and the correct response to each question. These released materials will help students, families, educators, and the public better understand the tests and NYSED’s expectations for students.

Understanding Math Questions
Multiple-Choice Questions
Multiple-choice questions are designed to assess the New York State P–12 Learning Standards for Mathematics. Mathematics multiple-choice questions will be used mainly to assess standard algorithms and conceptual standards. Multiple-choice questions incorporate both the grade-level standards and the “Standards for Mathematical Practices.” Many questions are framed within the context of real-world applications or require students to complete multiple steps. Likewise, many of these questions are linked to more than one standard, drawing on the simultaneous application of multiple skills and concepts.
New York State P–12 Learning Standards Alignment
The alignment to the New York State P–12 Learning Standards for Mathematics is intended to identify the primary analytic skills necessary to successfully answer each question. The released questions do not represent the full spectrum of the standards assessed on the State tests, nor do they represent the full spectrum of how the standards should be taught and assessed in the classroom. It should not be assumed that a particular standard will be measured by an identical question in future assessments. Specific criteria for writing test questions, as well as additional assessment information, are available at http://www.engageny.org/common-core-assessments.

Developed and published under contract with the New York State Education Department by Questar Assessment Inc., 5550 Upper 147th Street West, Minneapolis, MN 55124. Copyright © 2021 by the New York State Education Department.
Session 1

Grade 7 Mathematics Reference Sheet

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters 1 meter = 39.37 inches 1 mile = 5,280 feet 1 mile = 1,760 yards 1 mile = 1.609 kilometers

1 kilometer = 0.62 mile 1 pound = 16 ounces 1 pound = 0.454 kilogram 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds 1 ton = 2,000 pounds

1 cup = 8 fluid ounces 1 pint = 2 cups 1 quart = 2 pints 1 gallon = 4 quarts 1 gallon = 3.785 liters 1 liter = 0.264 gallon 1 liter = 1,000 cubic centimeters

FORMULAS Triangle Parallelogram Circle Circle General Prisms

A = 21 bh A = bh A = πr 2 C = πd or C = 2πr V = Bh

Session 1
TIPS FOR TAKING THE TEST Here are some suggestions to help you do your best:
•  R ead each question carefully and think about the answer before making your choice. •  You have been provided with mathematics tools (a ruler, a protractor, and a calculator)
and a reference sheet to use during the test. It is up to you to decide when each tool and the reference sheet will be helpful. You should use mathematics tools and the reference sheet whenever you think they will help you to answer the question.

Session 1

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4 Jordan is baking brownies and will choose to use either a round or a rectangular pan. The
dimensions of the bottom of each pan are shown below.

Which statement correctly describes how the area of the bottom of the round pan compares to the area of the bottom of the rectangular pan?
A The area of the bottom of the round pan is greater than the area of the bottom
of the rectangular pan by about 8.5 square inches.
B The area of the bottom of the round pan is greater than the area of the bottom
of the rectangular pan by about 244.2 square inches.
C The area of the bottom of the round pan is less than the area of the bottom of the
rectangular pan by about 7.2 square inches.
D The area of the bottom of the round pan is less than the area of the bottom of the
rectangular pan by about 38.6 square inches.

5 On average, Shawnte drinks of a -ounce glass of water in hour. How much water
does she drink in an hour?









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