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Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content

The Assessment Anchors are one of the many tools the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has developed to better align curriculum, instruction and assessment practices throughout the state. PDE first released the Assessment Anchors for Mathematics and Reading in 2004. The Assessment Anchors, like the Standards, are dynamic documents and will be adjusted periodically. [Source]


Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content: Science Grade 8

S8.A.1: Reasoning and Analysis

  • S8.A.1.1.2: Explain how certain questions can be answered through scientific inquiry and/or technological design.
  • S8.A.1.2.2: Identify environmental issues and explain their potential long- term health effects (e.g., pollution, pest controls, vaccinations).

S8.A.2: Processes, Procedures, and Tools of Scientific Investigations

  • S8.A.2.1.1: Use evidence, observations, or a variety of scales (e.g., mass, distance, volume, temperature) to describe relationships.
  • S8.A.2.1.2: Use space/time relationships, define concepts operationally, raise testable questions, or formulate hypotheses.
  • S8.A.2.1.3: Design a controlled experiment by specifying how the independent variables will be manipulated, how the dependent variable will be measured, and which variables will be held constant.
  • S8.A.2.1.5: Use evidence from investigations to clearly communicate and support conclusions.
  • S8.A.2.2.3: Describe ways technology (e.g., microscope, telescope, micrometer, hydraulics, barometer) extends and enhances human abilities for specific purposes.
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