HSPA Parents Workshop (2006). Introduction. The purpose of today’s workshop is to improve your understanding of the High School Proficiency Assessment, also known as HSPA. Agenda. Deciphering the Alphabet Soup How it all fits together NCLB NJCCCS HSPA description & sample questions.
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HSPA - High School Proficiency Assessment
PERSUASIVE WRITING TASK
In recent years, business representatives have expressed concern about the skills of students entering the workforce. Responding to these concerns, state legislators have enacted a law that establishes high educational standards for all students. Now the state legislature is considering enacting a law that would prohibit students from participating in any after-school activity after 6 p.m.
They believe this law would ensure that students have adequate time to study and
complete daily homework assignments. However, many people believe this law would be unfair, and the proposed legislation has become a controversial issue in communities across the state.
Your social studies teacher has asked students to write an essay explaining their opinions of this controversial issue. What is your point of view? How would this legislation affect you and other students in your school?
Write an essay either supporting or opposing the proposed legislation to prohibit students from participating in any after-school activity after 6 p.m. Use facts, examples, and other evidence to support your point of view.
The answer folder will provide four lined pages for this writing task. In addition, you will have blank pages in the Persuasive Writing Task Folder to use for planning your writing. The planning space is for your benefit because it gives you a place to brainstorm and organize your ideas before you begin writing. Readers who score your writing will consider the organization and elaboration of key ideas and details as well as grammar and sentence structure. Only your writing
in your answer folder will be scored.
WRITING TASKAn ancient proverb says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Regardless of the artist’s original intent, what we see in the picture can be very different from what others see. What story does this picture tellyou? Use your imagination and experience to speculate about what is happening. Then write your story.
The response shows complete understanding of the problem’s essential mathematical concepts. The student executes procedures completely and gives relevant responses to all parts of the task. The response contains few minor errors, if any. The response contains a clear, effective explanation detailing how the problem was solved so that the reader does not need to infer how and why decisions were made.
The response shows nearly complete understanding of the problem’s essential mathematical concepts. The student executes nearly all procedures and gives relevant responses to most parts of the task. The response may have minor errors. The explanation detailing how the problem was solved may not be clear, causing the reader to make some inferences.
The response shows limited understanding of the problem’s essential mathematical concepts. The response and procedures may be incomplete and/or may contain major errors. An incomplete explanation of how the problem was solved may contribute to questions as to how and why decisions were made.
The response shows insufficient understanding of the problem’s essential mathematical concepts. The procedures, if any, contain major errors. There may be no explanation of the solution, or the reader may not be able to understand the explanation. The reader may not be able to understand how and why decisions were made.
A chemistry measurement shows .02760 grams of sodium
chloride in a beaker. How many significant digits are in this
Significant digits are those numbers that make a contribution to a value. The numbers that are significant in .02760 are 2, 7, 6, and 0. The zero immediately following the decimal point (known as the leading zero) is not significant. Any non-zero digit is significant (2, 7, and 6). The zero at the end of the number (known as the trailing zero) is significant.
The basketball team scored 75 points in the final game of the season.
During that time, the team made twice as many field goals as they did
free throws. Each field goal is worth two points, and each free throw is
worth one point.
How many points did the basketball team make on free
throws during the game?
Which of the following equations can be used to solve the problem
A. 2x + x = 75
*B. 2(2x) + x = 75
C. 2x2 = 75
D. 4x = 75
B. 75 = 2x + x accounts for only the fact that the team made twice as many field goals as they did free throws. With the additional stipulation that each field goal is worth two points while each free throw is worth only one point, the equation 2(2x) + x = 75 should be used to find the number of points obtained by free throws.