2017-2018 PSSA Testing Windows
English Language Arts – Grades 3-8 | April 9-13, 2018
Mathematics – Grades 3-8 | April 16-20, 2018
Science – Grades 4-8 | April 23-27, 2018
Make-Up | April 30 – May 4, 2018
2017-2018 Keystone Exam Testing Windows
Assessments: Algebra 1, Biology, Literature
Winter (Wave 1) – December 4 – 15, 2017
Winter (Wave 2) – January 8 – 22, 2018
Spring – May 14-25, 2018
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Notification to Parents
In 1999, Pennsylvania adopted academic standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Mathematics. These standards identify knowledge that a student should have attained at particular grade levels.
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student’s attainment of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. Every Pennsylvania student in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade is assessed in English Language Arts and Math. Students in grades 4 and 8 are assessed in Science. All public schools in Pennsylvania, including Charter and Cyber Schools, are mandated to administer the PSSA and Keystone Exams.
Testing will begin the week of April 13th and continue till the April 28th. There will not be any testing on Wednesdays. Please note that students who arrive late will not be admitted to their classroom once testing has begun. These students will be housed in an alternate location until testing is complete in their classrooms. Your child cannot study for this assessment but can prepare by getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
Special needs students should have any testing concerns addressed by their IEP team. We will follow IEP modifications for the testing process as long as modification does not conflict with PDE testing guidelines.
If your son or daughter is LEP (Limited English Proficiency), meaning that they have been in a foreign school (non-English speaking) or taught in a language other than English within the last three years, you may contact Student Support Services at (814) 437-7402 if you have any questions concerning PSSA testing.
Parents and legal guardians will receive a copy of their child’s test results. The CPDLF will also receive a copy of all students’ scores. Individual student scores will be used to assist mentors in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities. The school scores that will be provided to the CPDLF will also allow the school to analyze its curriculum improvement discussions and planning.
If your child is to be excused from taking the test, it may only be for religious beliefs and you must come to the school to inspect the PSSA test. After parental inspection, the parent must request in writing to the superintendent to have their child excused from the test. Absolutely no phone calls from parents to exempt students from testing will be accepted by the administration. We are required to offer the opportunity to parents to see the assessment forms, so that their request can be an informed one.
If parents review a PSSA test, they absolutely may not record, copy or take notes of any kind. In addition, parents must sign a confidentiality statement regarding the PSSA test if they inspect the test. The PSSA does not include a student survey or ask personal information about the student or parents.
If you want to review a PSSA assessment/test, please contact Carol Trench at (610) 841-7044 to schedule an appointment prior to the testing dates.
Students are required to participate in these assessments and family vacation requests that will result in student absences will not be approved during these assessment dates.