TASC TEST READINGAs noted, the use of public domain and permissioned texts is allowed and their inclusion in TASC Test is encouraged so that examinees encounter authentic texts both in the classroom and in assessments. These texts should adhere to the guidelines as described in this document. Because public domain texts are sometimes older, their language and syntax may be less familiar to examinees; these factors should be considered during the selection process. It is permissible to footnote language in public domain texts to support examinees’ comprehension of the texts, as long as the footnotes do not clue items.
Foundational and Seminal Texts
At the College and Career Readiness level, examinees are expected to read seminal and foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance. Developers and searchers should seek out public domain texts that have important and significant influence on other texts in a literary or historical movement, showing significant influence on subsequent important texts, to allow for development of items to align to standards that describe these expectations.
Literary texts are categorized into the following categories:
Informational texts are categorized into these three categories for the purpose of this assessment:
- History/Social Studies
- Literary Nonfiction
- Government documents
- History articles
- Magazine articles/News articles/
- Journal articles
- Opinion/Editorial pieces
- Scientific articles
- Articles on topical interests (social science, political theory, cognitive science, etc.)