PSSA Grammar

Last Updated: 4/4/2019 3:37 PM

Glossary of Terms

The PSSA English Language Arts Glossary includes terms and definitions associated with the ELA Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards. The terms and definitions included in the glossary are intended to assist Pennsylvania educators in better understanding the PSSA Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content.


PSSA Test Design

The PSSA English Language Arts test plan shown in the following table is organized by grade and broken down between Multiple‐Choice (MC),Evidence‐Based Selected Response (EBSR), Short Answer (SA) [G3 only], Writing Prompts (WP), and Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) [G4‐8 only].


12 Principles for Teaching Grammar

From Grammar to Enrich & Enhance Writing by Dr. Constance Weaver




PSSA Eligible Content Grids

Grades K-2  &  Grade 3-5



Resources by Grade

Student Checklists, Pacing guides, Language Matrix, and Released Items

Grade 3,  Grade 4, &  Grade 5



Grammar Tips

Information from "Tuesday Literacy Tips"