Information and links for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
The PSSA is the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) annual standards-based test used to measure a student's attainment of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The assessment is designed to assist school districts in determining the quality of their educational programs. It takes a collaborative effort of school personnel, parents and guardians, and most importantly our students, to achieve success. The PSSAs include assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA. The English Language Arts and Mathematics PSSAs include items that are consistent with the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Science PSSA includes items that are aligned to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science, Technology, Environment and Ecology.
The Red Lion Area School District will be administering the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) to all students in Grades 3 through 8 during the months of April and May as outlined below. Specific dates and times for each building will be determined and communicated to students, parents, and guardians at a later date.
Parents can assist our efforts and reaffirm the importance of the assessment at home by ensuring their child gets plenty of rest prior to each testing session, is provided a healthful breakfast every morning, and arrives at school on time. Please avoid the scheduling of doctor’s appointments and vacations during this time frame; students are required by the PDE to make-up any missed portion of the test within a specific window of time. Thank you for your support throughout the PSSA testing sessions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school.
for the Pennsylvania Department of Education site for more information on the PSSAs.