P.S.S.A. Resources


Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment Performance Level Descriptors:

  • Below Basic - seldom demonstrates grade-level appropriate concepts/skills for a particular subject/task.
  • Basic - at times demonstrates some grade-level appropriate concepts/skills for a particular subject/task.
  • Proficient - routinely demonstrates a variety of grade-level appropriate concepts/skills for a particular subject/task.
  • Advanced - consistently demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the grade-level appropriate concepts/skills and uses sophisticated strategies to solve a task.

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Information about the Assessments:

  • PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education): provides question and scoring samplers, PSSA "Getting Ready", scoring guidelines and other information information you should know before the test.
  • PSSA Reading Assessment: provides information about the test along with giving sample questions, open-ended examples and grading rubric.
  • PSSA Math Assessment: provides information about the test along with giving sample questions, open-ended examples and grading rubric.
  • PSSA Writing Assessment: provides information about the test along with giving sample questions, open-ended examples and grading rubric.
  • PSSA FAQ: provides answers to common questions about the PSSA exams.
     


PSSA Online Study Resources:

  • PSSA Prep: provides various materials and worksheets for teachers and students of varying grade levels to prepare for the math and reading assessments.
  • EDinformatics:provides online practice assessments for all subject areas.
  • Houghton Mifflin Math: Online activities, games and questions to help become a better test taker in mathematics.
  • Houghton Mifflin Math-O-Rama: Online games, sample problems, test taking tips, eManipulatives, brain teasers and extra practice.
  • AAA Math: provides interactive math lessons on all topic areas.
  • Gamequarium: provides games to improve skills on various subjects in all subjects.
  • PSSA Math Key Words: provides various ways to study the key terms used on the PSSA math assessment. (Flashcards, hangman, matching, crosswords, etc.)
  • PSSA Reading Key Words: provides various ways to study the key terms used on the PSSA reading assessment. (Flashcards, hangman, matching, crosswords, etc.)