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Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. January 24, 2007 Debra Kopp Director of Elementary Education and Assessment. Who and What?. Math and Reading Grades 3-8 and 11 Writing Grades 5, 8, 11 Science (field testing this year) Grades 4, 8, 11. What do the tests look like?.

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pennsylvania system of school assessment

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment

January 24, 2007

Debra Kopp

Director of Elementary Education

and Assessment

who and what
Who and What?
  • Math and Reading
    • Grades 3-8 and 11
  • Writing
    • Grades 5, 8, 11
  • Science (field testing this year)
    • Grades 4, 8, 11
what do the tests look like
What do the tests look like?
  • Math and Reading
    • Multiple choice items
    • Open Ended items
  • Writing
    • Multiple choice for grammar and conventions
    • Two writing prompts
      • Informative, narrative, and persuasive
  • Science
    • Process and application
    • Content
reading grade 3
Reading: Grade 3
  • 3 sessions
  • Approx. 50 - 60 minutes each
  • Common Grade level passages
    • 2 Stories
    • 1 Poem
    • 1 Informational
    • 1 Biography OR 1 practical/how-to
  • 58 Multiple-choice items
  • 4 Open-ended items
reading grades 4 and 5
Reading: Grades 4 and 5
  • 3 sessions
  • Approx. 50 –60 minutes each
  • Common Grade level passages (varies by grade)
    • Poem
    • Informational
    • Story
    • Autobiography/Biography
    • Practical/How-to/Advertisement
    • Essay/Editorial
  • 56 Multiple-choice items
  • 6 Open-ended items
writing grade 5
Writing: Grade 5
  • Multiple-Choice Section given first
    • 5 passages with embedded editing and revision errors
    • 4 questions for each passage
  • Writing prompts
    • 2 prompts
    • Any two of three modes
math grade 3 4 5
Math: Grade 3, 4, 5
  • Student score comes from:
    • 54 Multiple Choice questions
    • 3 Open-Ended questions
  • Students take:
    • 66 MC at grades 3 - 8 and 11
    • 5 Open-Ended (scored 0- 4 scoring guide)
  • Grade 3 does not use a calculator
how does the district know what the test will include
How does the district know what the test will include?
  • The state has standards for each subject area.
  • The state delineates which standards will be assessed by the yearly testing (assessment anchors).
  • The state then breaks down those assessment anchors into eligible content for the specific grade level.
what does that look like
What does that look like?
  • Measurement
  • Standard: Demonstrate an understanding of measurable attributes of objects and figures, and the units, systems, and processes of measurement.
  • Assessment Anchor: Determine or calculate time and elapsed time.
  • Eligible Content:
    • Grade 3- Tell/show time to the minute.
    • Grade 4- Match/construct an analog time to the same time written in digital.
do we teach to the test
Do we teach to the test?
  • We teach to the Pennsylvania standards that have been determined at Grades 3, 5, 8, and 11.
    • Each grade level has delineated skills and content that gets us to those standards.
  • The PSSA assesses acquisition of those standards.
what other testing do we use
What other testing do we use?
  • Benchmark Assessments
    • Locally developed by our teachers
    • Assess acquisition of the target skills of the grade level– the journey towards the grade level standard
    • Used to identify students in need of additional support and/or time
other resources
Other Resources
  • http://www.pde.state.pa.us/a_and_t/site/default.asp?g=0&a_and_tNav=|630|&k12Nav=|1141|
    • This will provide a variety of resources about assessment in PA.
  • http://www.pde.state.pa.us/pde_internet/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=74434
    • This will provide overview links to many topoics in the state of PA.