Performance Based Assessment Practice Test (Algebra I)

As learners in their first rigorous algebra class come up on the end of the year, a full-length practice test like this one is an invaluable tool (especially one that includes a number of open-response questions). Your class can really get that hands-on experience wrestling with the open-ended response problems, along with the tricks for maximizing score potential. Whether it's given as a whole in a test-prep setting, or broken up into concept-based lessons, these problems do a great job of helping keep your material focused and aligned with assessment.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use individual or a group of problems as warm-ups to keep the class familiar with the format and language of end-of-year testing
  • Use at the end of the year, as testing approaches
  • Could use as speed drills 
  • Follow open-ended responses with a presentation on different responses / scores vs. rubric, and how to maximize score potential
Classroom Considerations
  • Non-calculator vs. calculator sections might require monitoring or attention if problems are mixed up
  • Some instructions are PARCC-specific, if using as practice in a differently tested district
  • Answer keys and rubrics not included in assessment, but links listed to those and other resources (Spanish language practice test, online practice test, etc.) in Included Materials List
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Valuable released-item practice for instructional support
  • Clear open-response rubrics to help students understand grading expectations
  • No leveled examples for open-response problems