Text Dependent Analysis

  • Background


    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) adopted the PA Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) as a method of guiding curriculum and instruction to increase the level of rigor and understanding expected of PA students.  Additionally PDE made changes to the PSSAs in grades 4- 8 to assess students' ability to achieve these standards.  One important change is the addition of Text Dependent Analysis essay and questions to the state assessment.