Performance-Based Assessment Practice Test (Grade 4 ELA/Literacy)

Track the progress of your fourth graders' reading and writing skills with this practice Common Core assessment. Based on a collection of six reading passages that include narrative stories, poetry, and a series of informational articles, this test asks students to answer multiple choice questions and construct three essays demonstrating their ability read and analyze fiction and nonfiction texts.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Teach young learners about different test-taking strategies with the help of this practice assessment
  • Discuss the answers to the test as a whole class, encouraging children to share their reasoning for the answers they chose
  • Create sample essays for the class to analyze as a whole group; afterward, have students assess their own writing
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure to schedule time in the computer lab if you do not have computers in your classroom, allowing students to practice taking computer-based assessments
  • The questions on the paper and computer versions of the test are slightly different; however, the reading passages are the same
  • Included is a large-print version of the test meant for students with visual impairments, but depending on your printers capabilities you may or may not be able to create document this size
  • Two-part multiple choice questions ask students to identify textual evidence supporting their answers
  • Online and printable versions of the practice assessment are available
  • Answer keys are provided for each version of the test, as well as a general rubric for assessing student learning
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