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Spring 2003 Vol. 10. No. 3 Focus on Standardized Tests

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Understanding Philadelphia's tests

By by Eva Travers and Andrew Sparks on Mar 13, 2003 12:00 AM

In addition to the TerraNova, students in Philadelphia public schools continue to take the state's standardized test, the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment), in selected grades. While these two standardized tests share some similarities, they differ in how they are designed, in what grade levels they are administered, in how scores are reported, and in how their results may be used to evaluate students and schools.

This guide is designed to help you compare the tests, learn more about some useful testing terms, and consider some of the pressing questions about standardized testing. See related articles, including a glossary of testing terms and frequently asked questions about standardized tests.

Comments (4)

Submitted by Classroom Teacher Resources (not verified) on October 9, 2011 1:13 pm

I'm a 4th grade teacher who believes in teacher accountability for student test scores. I know this places me in the minority, but I sincerely believe that it will produce the best results for students.

I'm hopeful that the newest generation of tests will eventually lend themselves to beginning-of-year and end-of-year testing that will be able to demonstrate the growth that a student achieves from my efforts.

This kind of specific performance measurement will be critical if teacher accountability is to gain widespread acceptance.

Betsy Weigle

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Submitted by Ashley (not verified) on July 6, 2017 9:24 am

Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article.

I want to read even more things about it. Great blog. Thanks!

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