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2nd Grade Benchmark ?s & Expectations

posted Nov 12, 2012, 12:05 PM by Bryan Tayman
Question 1 - Do students have the option of having the test read to them or use of the text to voice feature?

No, all students must complete the test without the assistance of a reader or use of the text to voice feature. Benchmarks are designed to provide both individual student and grade level information. If the test is completed with varying conditions, the data will not be valid. Additionally, Reading PSSA tests are not read for IEP students. Students with a reading IEP may have the math test read to them, but not the reading. Keep in mind, the purpose of this test is to reveal skill deficits and accomplishments. The information can then be used to develop interventions, plan instruction, and/or evaluate curriculum.
Typically, three to four benchmarks are administered throughout the year within a grade with the expectation that each benchmark will show students progressing towards the end-of-year performance goals. I tell you that because this is the first benchmark for you and your students. Expect that there will be growing pains, but over time the process will become routine and improve. We also may not complete three to four this year, but if we do complete a second later in the year student performance should show improved performance.
Question 2: Who created the 2nd grade benchmark test? Where did it come from?

The 2nd grade benchmark is made up of questions from the test bank for 2nd grade PSSA prep content. The questions were selected by Aileen and represent a cross section of all of the reporting categories for PSSA. The reading passages and questions also represent the progression expected for 2nd grade students needed for success in 3rd grade.