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PSSA Performance Level Descriptors
 
Advanced: The Advanced Level reflects superior academic performance. Advanced work indicates an in-depth understanding and exemplary display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards.

Proficient:   The Proficient Level reflects satisfactory academic performance. Proficient work indicates a solid understanding and adequate display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards.

Basic:  The Basic Level reflects marginal academic performance. Basic work indicates a partial understanding and limited display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards. This work is approaching satisfactory performance, but has not been reached. There is a need for additional instructional opportunities and/or increased student academic commitment to achieve the Proficient Level.

Below Basic:
The Below Basic Level reflects inadequate academic performance. Below Basic work indicates little understanding and minimal display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards. There is a major need for additional instructional opportunities and/or increased student academic commitment to achieve the Proficient Level.

 

 
Grade- and Subject-Specific Performance Level Descriptors
 
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Additional Info
Help Your Child Achieve
Encourage your child to do his or her best on every assessment. If it is important to you, it will become important to your child.
Check homework every night. Homework provides a way to identify and work on weak skill areas.
Discuss your child's academic performance with them. When children and parents talk regularly about school, children perform better academically.
Provide a quiet and comfortable study place for your child.
Communicate with your child's teacher. (WHHS teachers use email every day)

The following are some helpful tips for taking standardized tests. They are applicable to the PSSA, the SAT as well as other assessments.

Before the Test
  • Eat well.
    Studies show that you need good nutrition to concentrate and perform your best.
  • Bring the right supplies.
    Bring your pencils, erasers, calculators, or whatever else you'll need on test day.
  • Review the whole test before you start.
    See how many sections and what types of questions are on the test. Consider how much time to allow for each section, basing your decision on the point value of each. You don't want to spend too much time on a question that counts for only a few points.
  • Jot down your first thoughts.
    From your first look at the test, take quick notes on ideas you might forget. For example, you may want to outline your answers to written response and essay questions right away.
During the Test
  • Read the directions. Never assume that you know what the directions say. For example, some questions may have more than one correct answer.
  • Answer easy questions first. Answering easier questions may jog your memory about useful facts. You may also come across information that can help you with other questions.
  • Answer every question. Unless there's a penalty for wrong answers, it can't hurt to try.
  • Ask questions. If a question isn't clear, talk to your teacher. If that's not possible, explain your answer in the margin.
  • Identify key words. This will help you focus on the main idea of challenging questions.
  • Rephrase difficult questions. To understand questions better, rewrite them in your own words, but be careful not to change the meaning.
  • Organize your thoughts before you write. Spend some time organizing your responses to short-answer and essay questions. You'll reduce the time you need to revise.
  • Write neatly. Be sure you don't lose points on answers the instructor can't read.
  • Use all of the time you're given. If you finish early, don't race out. Use the extra time to proofread and edit your answers.