Performance-Based Assessment Practice Test (Grade 8 ELA/Literacy)

Support your learners on their way toward success with Common Core testing by providing this practice test. Your class members will read several passages, both literary and informational, and respond to multiple choice and essay questions. An online version and other supporting materials are included.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Reserve the computer lab so that your class can practice navigating an online test and ask questions about this environment
  • When students complete the practice test, set aside some time to go through the answers and discuss test-taking strategies


Classroom Considerations
  • Depending on your printing capabilities, you might find it difficult to print the large-print version of the assessment
  • Some of the questions appear in a slightly different format in the online version; rather than choose from multiple choice options, test-takers must click and/or drag passages
  • After completing the online assessment, learners can see their scores, but not the answers, and share with a teacher
  • 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
  • Comes with an answer key as well as an online interactive version of the same assessment (with answers as well) and a rubric to help you grade the essay questions
  • The answer keys pair each question with standards so that you can use data to address particular Common Core standards in your class
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