PA System of School Assessment and ITSS - "IT works"

PSSA Standards
How ITSS Applies
1.1. Learning to Read Independently
1.1.5 (GRADE 5)
A. Establish the purpose for reading a type of text (literature, information) before reading.
Teaches children how to establish the purpose of the text by identifying which structure is being used.
B. Select texts for a particular purpose using the format of the text as a guide.
Texts have been carefully written within the format of the structure being taught.
C. Use knowledge of phonics, syllabication, prefixes, suffixes, the dictionary or context clues to decode and understand new words during reading. Use these words accurately in writing and speaking.
Text have been written so that children can infer the meaning of new words. New words are defined when this is not possible. Children are encouraged to use these words when they write their main ideas and recall.
D. Identify the basic ideas and facts in text using strategies (e.g., prior knowledge, illustrations and headings) and information from other sources to make predictions about text.
Meaningful titles have been given to each text.
E. Acquire a reading vocabulary by correctly identifying and using words (e.g., synonyms, homophones, homographs, words with roots, suffixes, prefixes). Use a dictionary or related reference.
ITSS recognizes synonyms and gives credit when the student uses them.
F. Identify, understand the meaning of, and use correctly key vocabulary from various subject areas.
Texts are written about various subjects such as history and science. Children learn the meaning of key vocabulary by writing main ideas and recall.
G. Demonstrate after reading understanding and interpretation of both fiction and nonfiction text. · Summarize the major ideas, themes or procedures of the text.· Relate new information or ideas from the text to that learned through additional reading and media (e.g., film, audiotape).· Clarify ideas and understandings through rereading and discussion.· Make responsible assertions about the ideas from the text by citing evidence.· Extend ideas found in the text.
Children demonstrate their understanding and interpretation of texts by writing main ideas and recalling the text.

H. Demonstrate fluency and comprehension in reading. · Read familiar materials aloud with accuracy.· Self-correct mistakes.· Use appropriate rhythm, flow, meter and pronunciation.· Read a variety of genres and types of text.· Demonstrate comprehension (Standard 1.1.5.G)


Students demonstrate comprehension by developing main ideas and recalling the texts.