PSSA Test Prep-Lesson 1

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PSSA Test Prep-Lesson 1

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  1. PSSA Time!

    Slide 1 - PSSA Time!

  2. Essential Question(s): Why are the PSSAs important?

    Slide 2 - Essential Question(s): Why are the PSSAs important?

    • By the end of the lesson, you should be able to:
    • Understand why you’re taking the PSSAs
    • Understand what you will see on the PSSAs
    • Identify different types of questions:
    • Multiple choice
    • Constructed response
    • Identify and apply test taking strategies
    • State Standards:
    • You’ll be showcasing your skills on the test and applying all of the
    • standards we’ve been working on this year!
    • Lesson Objectives
  3. Let’s review our vocab terms, class!

    Slide 3 - Let’s review our vocab terms, class!

    • Strategy
    • Multiple Choice
    • Constructed Response
    • Active Reading
    • Vocabulary
  4. The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student's attainment of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 is assessed in reading and math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 5, 8 and 11 is assessed in writing. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science. 

    Slide 4 - The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student's attainment of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 is assessed in reading and math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 5, 8 and 11 is assessed in writing. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science. 

    • What are the PSSAs? The State’s Definition
    • What did you just say?
  5. A state test that measures the knowledge that you’ve gained throughout the year.

    Slide 5 - A state test that measures the knowledge that you’ve gained throughout the year.

    • What are the PSSAs? Student Terms
    • Now I get it!
  6. Why are the PSSAs Important?

    Slide 6 - Why are the PSSAs Important?

    • It allows the state, the teacher, and you as a student to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a learner.
    • It allows the state and the teacher to assess their teaching.
    • Did the teacher do a good job of teaching and did the student do a good job of learning this year?
    • They are important because it is a reflection on your school, teachers, and yourself.
    • Take them seriously and make yourself, your teachers, and your school shine!
  7. How Can I Prepare for the PSSAs?

    Slide 7 - How Can I Prepare for the PSSAs?

    • Prepare yourself both physically and mentally!
  8. Be Physically Ready

    Slide 8 - Be Physically Ready

    • Get a good night’s sleep before the test. This should take priority over entertainment options.
    • The morning of the test, eat breakfast. Some power foods include:
    • Eggs, bacon, peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
    • Be on time!
    • Stretch and move around during testing breaks.
  9. Be Mentally Prepared!

    Slide 9 - Be Mentally Prepared!

    • Being nervous or not caring ruins your performance.
    • Be competitive with the test makers, not intimidated by them.
    • Remember, the passages were not chosen to entertain you.
    • Keep yourself engaged through active reading, highlighting, and writing notes.
    • Your goal: do better than last year! 
  10. Knowing the test’s design can help you kick this test in the butt!

    Slide 10 - Knowing the test’s design can help you kick this test in the butt!

    • You will test in 3 different subjects:
    • Math
    • Language Arts (reading and writing)
    • Science
    • There have been no changes made to science.
    • Math will now be in one test booklet and have a separate testing window.
    • Reading has been combined with writing into one testing booklet and will have a separate testing window.
    • What Will I See on the PSSAs?
  11. 2015 PSSA

    Slide 11 - 2015 PSSA

  12. 2015 PSSA Changes

    Slide 12 - 2015 PSSA Changes