Item PT027003: Oceanic plate material is pushed downward when it presses against continental plate material.

Two of earth’s plates pressed together for many millions of years. What happened if they pressed together in a place where oceanic plate material meets continental plate material?

  1. The continental plate material was pushed downward.
  2. The oceanic plate material was pushed downward.
  3. The plates were not able to move while they were pressing together and no plate material was pushed upward.
  4. The edges of the plates were not pushed upward but they were broken into small pieces.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item PT027003

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall43%
Grades 6–839%
Grades 9–1246%
Male47%
Female40%
Primary Language is English44%
Primary Language is not English39%

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