Student Assessment

Secondary Level Assessment 

Assessment is a system of measuring and recording student progress and achievement which then enables the student, parents/guardians and teachers to determine a student's attainment of the established academic standards to:

  • Learn the student's strengths and weaknesses

  • Plan an educational or vocational future for the student in areas of the greatest potential for success

  • Learn where remediation is required

For more about the Assessment of Student Program, CLICK to view Policy No. 213

Useful Testing Information and Tips 

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PSSA Exam
Administration Dates:

        English/Language Arts   April 9-13, 2018
  Mathematics April 16-20, 2018
  Science  April 23-27, 2018


Keystone Exam Preparation Materials for Students
The administration of the Keystones will be held:

     Winter 2017     January 8-22, 2018
  Spring 2018 May 14-25, 2018
  Summer 2018 July 30-August 3, 2018
Students in grades 8 through 11 take part in the Keystone Exam.

Daily schedule for testing:
7:30 am - Report to testing rooms; 7:30-7:45 pm, begin test preparations
7:45-9:30 am - Testing period (about 105 minutes)
9:30 am - Extended time in the media center
9:33 am - All students report to homeroom and resume the 2 hour delay bell schedule

HELPFUL GUIDELINES TO PREPARE FOR TESTING:

Biology Preparation and Review (click on link)
Algebra Keystone Algebra 1 Test Information
60 Points Total
Each module contains 30 possible points of the following question types:
- 18 points from multiple choice questions (1 point each)
- 12 points from 3 constructed response questions (4 pts each)

 

The Main Assessment Anchors (Approximately Ten Points for Each)

Module 1 1.1 Operations
1.2 Linear Equations and Systems
1.3 Linear Inequalities and Systems
Module 2

2.1 Functions and Patterns
2.2 Coordinate Geometry (Slope/Rate, Equations of Lines)
2.3 Probability and Data Analysis

Online Resources for the Keystone Algebra 1 Test
1. Keystone Algebra I Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content with Sample Questions and Glossary from PA Department of Education:
Link to PA Dept of Education Info

2. The Khan Academy is a free website that includes instruction and guided practice. To save progress and document your work for class credit, students must log on. Instead of creating an account, students may log in by linking their facebook accounts or google accounts.
The Khan Academy has many, many topics in algebra and other areas of mathematics, science, etc. The practice sections relevant to the Keystone Algebra 1 test in the Khan Academy LEARN center are organized below.
Each link contains interactive practice, hints, worked out solutions and links to video instruction if needed (The video links are on the lower right hand side of the page.)
After logging in, select an assessment area that needs improvement. Use the links on this page to select the practice. When moving to a new topic, return to this page to pick the next practice area.

Module 1

1.1 Operations
(Please no; width:15%te. Module 1.1 Operations contains the greatest number of topics to master but is not weighted more heavily than the other assessment areas. For this reason, it makes sense to focus on 1.1 AFTER remediating the other five assessment anchors first.)
Combining Like Terms
Exponent Rules
Exponent Rules Continued
Simplifying Expressions with Exponents
Multiplying Polynomials
Factoring Difference of Squares
Simplifying Radicals

1.2 Linear Equations and Systems
Writing Expressions
Linear_Equations

Linear_Equation_Word_Problems
Systems of Equations with Elimination Part:1
Systems of Equations with Elimination
Systems of Equations with Substitution
Systems of Equations Word Problems

1.3 Linear Inequalities and Systems of Inequalities
Linear Inequalities
Graphs of Inequalities
Graphing Systems of Inequalities

Module 2

2.1 Functions and Patterns
Domain and Range
Identifying_Points
Finding Equations of Lines from Tables

2.2 Coordinate Geometry
Slope of a Line
Solving_for_the_y-intercept
Line Graph Intuition
Graphing Linear Equations
Slope Intercept Form
Converting between Slope Intercept and Standard Form
Point Slope Form

2.3 Probability and Data Analysis
Probability
Independent_Probability
Stem_and_Leaf_Plots
Mean, Median_and_Mode
Box_and_Whisker_Plots

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