ERIC Number: ED455305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Assessment Handbook, 2000-2001. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum and Academic Services.
Beginning in 1999, all of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) had to be aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. This handbook describes the PSSA reading assessment. It contains samples and instructions for developing assessment items for grades 5, 8, and 11. Although designed for teachers, the Handbook is meant to be a source of information for all interested parties, including students, administrators, and the general public. The Handbook: (1) provides an overview of the PSSA; (2) identifies the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Reading; (3) describes current theory and practice in reading; (4) describes the individual components of the assessment and explains the rationale and importance of each component; (5) describes the criteria and procedures for scoring the assessment; (6) explains the connections between the assessment and appropriate instructional procedures; (7) contains sample items; and (8) facilitates school district curriculum planning. Four appendixes contain sample passages and scored responses, list members of the Reading Assessment Advisory Committee, present a fact sheet about the assessment, and define glossary terms. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Guides, Reading Achievement, Reading Tests, Scoring, State Programs, Test Construction, Test Items, Test Results, Test Use, Testing Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Evaluation and Reports, 333 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Tel: 717-787-4234.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum and Academic Services.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania