Thursday, January 6, 2011

Math problems of the week: 4th grade Pennsylvania vs. Singapore assessment questions

Fractions word problems: 

I. From a sample test from the Pennsylvania PSSA Assessment Anchors Grade 4 ("fully aligned to the most up to date Assessment Anchors"):

II. From the Singapore Math 4a Placement Test, intended to measure skills learned in the first half of 4th grade:

III. Extra credit
Is it bad for 4th grade teachers to teach to either of these tests?


Catherine Johnson said...


The PA test is taken at the end of 4th grade?

Linda said...

Yes, the PSSA is taken in the spring of fourth grade. I teach at a school in PA that does Singapore and the PSSAs are the bane of my existence. There is practically no computation on the PSSAs and the kids are allowed to use calculators on most of it. Our students can do some really fantastic math, on which they are not tested. Basically, the month before the PSSAs we have to put the real math away and drill the kids in things like symmetry (there are a million questions on symmetry) and other random bits of unimportant stuff that they love to focus on. The higher up the kids get the farther back in Singapore I have to dig for test review. The PSSA fourth grade picture graphs are in the Singapore book 2B.