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    PDE RESOURCES/ PSSA PREP

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Website supplies a variety of "Sample Assessments" given over the last three years. The most recent samples also gives a scoring explanation for answers to the open ended questions. Their website is http://www.pde.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pennsylvania_system_of_school_assessment_%28pssa%29/8757/resource_materials/507610 What you will find below are samples of the most recent tests for Math, English and Reading. Other  subject tests can be found on the above link.





    MATHEMATICAL
    This item and scoring sampler supplement contains 16 mathematics multiple-choice items and 1 open-ended item.Each item is preceded by the Assessment Anchor and Eligible Content coding. The majority of multiple-choice answer options are followed by a brief analysis or rationale. The correct answer is indicated by an asterisk. The table following each multiple-choice item displays the percentages of students who chose each answer option. The correct answer is also shaded in these tables. The table following the open-ended item indicates the students’ performance for each scorepoint. Sample student responses for each of the scoring levels are also included for the open-ended item.
    This item and scoring sampler supplement contains multiple-choice items and an open-ended item. Each item is preceded by the Assessment Anchor and Eligible Content coding. The multiple-choice answer options are followed by an annotation that explains why the correct answer is correct and the other options are incorrect. The correct answer is indicated by an asterisk. The table following each multiple-choice item displays the percentages of students who chose each answer option. The correct answer is also shaded in these tables. The table following the open-ended item indicates the students’ performance at each score point. Sample student responses for each of the scoring levels are also included for the open-ended item

    READING
    6th Grade Reading 2009-2010 Sampler
    7th Grade Reading 2009-2010 Sampler
    8th Grade 2009-2010 Reading Sampler

    WRITING
    The 2009–2010 Writing Item and Scoring Sampler Supplement displays released items from the 2009
    PSSA operational test. This sampler supplement is to be used in conjunction with the previous year’s item sampler.This item and scoring sampler supplement contains 12 writing multiple-choice items and one writing prompt. The multiple-choice items are connected to embedded-error passages. Each item is preceded by the Assessment Anchor and Eligible Content coding. The correct answer is indicated by an asterisk. Each item is followed by a brief analysis or rationale. The table following each multiple-choice item displays the percentages of students who chose each answer option. The correct answer is also shaded in these tables. The table following the writing prompt indicates the students’ performance in composition and conventions control at each score point. Sample student responses for each of the scoring levels are also included for the writing prompt.

    8th Grade Writing 2009-2010 Sampler


    SCIENCE
    8th Grade Science 2009-2010 Sampler