Writing in Math: Guiding Your Students in Answering Open-Ended Questions

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Session Dates

Tuesday November 07, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM - PaTTAN - EAST

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

Wondering how to assist your students in answering the open-ended items on the PSSA Mathematics and Keystone Algebra I exams? This training will be centered around writing in math, standardized test open-ended item writing and open-ended item scoring.

This session is centered on how the systematic incorporation of writing into math classes can improve comprehension, increase student engagement and hopefully lead to increased scores on the constructed response items on the PSSA and Keystone Exams. Educators will develop a plan to incorporate writing into their Praxis.

Educators will be presented with various scenarios and develop potential questions related to the scenarios. These questions will span Depth of Knowledge levels 1, 2 and 3 – similar to the types of questions students encounter on the PSSA and Keystone Exams.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Incorporate writing into their mathematics classes on a daily and weekly basis.
  2. Understand and develop Depth of Knowledge level 1, 2 and 3 level constructed response items.
  3. Understand and develop rubrics to score these constructed response items.
  4. Score constructed response items based upon the rubric.
  5. Use the released items from PDE to model responding to constructed response items.
  6. Develop constructed response items and accompanying rubrics.

Target Audience

Grade 3-8 teachers, Algebra 1 teachers, Curriculum Coaches/Supervisors

Topics Covered: Mathematics

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Marci Davis, at 717-901-2251, or mdavis@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Megan Clementi Ed.D.

Event Contact:


Marci Davis

Content Contact:

Megan Clementi