PSSA Test Prep-Lesson 1
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Slide 1 - PSSA Time!
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
Slide 3 - Let’s review our vocab terms, class!
- Multiple Choice
- Constructed Response
- Active Reading
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?
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!
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!
Slide 7 - How Can I Prepare for the PSSAs?
- Prepare yourself both physically and mentally!
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.
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!
Slide 10 - Knowing the test’s design can help you kick this test in the butt!
- You will test in 3 different subjects:
- Language Arts (reading and writing)
- 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?
Slide 11 - 2015 PSSA
Slide 12 - 2015 PSSA Changes