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PSSA INFORMATIONAL EVENING FERDERBAR AND LOWER SOUTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FEBRUARY 25, 2014
GOALS FOR TONIGHT Review PSSA testing information Share best practices and effective instruction to use at home for the upcoming PSSA
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMIC STANDARDS Define what each student should know and do in a core set of subjects Provide consistent targets for students, teachers, and districts Allow districts to measure student achievement
PSSA DATES Math/Reading: March 25-April 3, grades 3-5. Writing, April 8-10, grade 5. Science, April 29-30, grade 4.
GRADE 3 Three sessions Approximately 40-70 minutes each Target Passage Types for Common Passages - Two Stories - One Poem - One Informational - One Autobiography/Biography or one Practical/How-to/Advertisement 56 multiple-choice items (40 common items) 5 open-ended items: 3 short answer (2 common) and 2 evidence – based selected-responses (EBSR). Students write ALL answers in test booklet
GRADES 4 & 5 Three sessions Approximately 45-85 minutes each Target Passage Types (mix varies by grade) - Story - Poem - Informational - Autobiography/Biography - Practical/How-to/Advertisement - Essay/Editorial (grade 5) 56 Multiple-choice items (40 common items) 7 Open-ended items: 4 short answer (all common items), 2 evidence- based selected responses, and 1 text dependent analysis. Students write answers in answer booklet
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS Both Reading and Math tests use multiple choice questions in the PSSA test Share strategies for answering these questions Embed multiple choice question structure in your reading practice Have students learn how to “eliminate” choices in the questions Embed multiple choice formats in math practice “Show What you Know and why you did that”
STRATEGIES Read the open stem with each of the answers individually. Cross out all the answers you know are wrong. Go back into the story and prove your answer. Try thinking of the answer before reading your choices. Find the correct answer in the passage and underline it. Go back into the text and find the statement or emphasized word. Use context clues. Highlight the key words in the question or text. Read all the answer choices and pick the one that best fits the question. Reread the sentence with the word or phrase choice in it.
VARIATIONS Emphasis of a certain word or phrase Bold type “in quotation marks” Italics Underlined
Read the question twice Decide on length of response Create a brief outline for a lengthy response Answer only the question and all parts of the question Use pictures or diagrams as needed to help explain your response Reread your completed response and make needed corrections Essay Questions
MATH 2014 Five Reporting Categories 1. Numbers and Operations 2. Measurement 3. Geometry 4. Algebra 5. Data Analysis
MATH 2014 Student score comes from: o - 60 multiple choice questions o - Three open-ended questions Students take: o - 72 multiple choice in grades 3 - 5 o - Four open-ended questions All grades will alternate subject areas with Math coming first.
OPEN-ENDED ITEMS Examples of how open-ended items might be phrased: - Show or explain all your work. - Show all your work. Explain why you did each step. - Explain why [something is true or false] - Describe how [doing something affects something else; to find something, etc.] Some notes about open-ended items: - Guess and Check is a valid method but at least two incorrect guesses must be shown to receive full credit. - Not all open-ended items require a “why.”
Steps for solving open-ended questions –Read the entire question – twice –What does the question ask you to do? Highlight clue words (explain, show your work) –Perform calculations –Check for reasonableness –Explain the WHY in your answer using words like “because, to show, to find,” etc. –Use math vocabulary terms in your answer
MATH 2014 Testing time is approximately 150-180 minutes for Math. Testing in Grades 3 - 5. Grade 3: CANNOT use calculators Answers marked in test booklet Grade 4 and 5: Calculators ARE permitted on all but the beginning few items.*
MATH 2014 Rulers and protractors will be provided where needed (grades 3 and 4 respectively). Students must use the rulers and protractors provided for the PSSA. Rulers will be used in grade 3 only and will be scaled to the ⅛ inch and millimeter. Students will be required to measure to the ¼ inch and centimeter. Protractors will be used at grade 4 only.
WRITING 2014 Alignment: PA Academic Standards 1.4 & 1.5 All Students in Grades 5 Multiple-Choice: measure conventions Writing Prompts: measure composition skills and conventions Mode-specific Scoring Guidelines for composition Conventions scored separately
2014 WRITING TEST FORMAT 3 sections (may administer sections 1 & 2 in same session) Responses marked/written in test booklet Scratch paper for pre-writing should be provided 2 lined pages for each prompt response