PSSA Testing

The South Park School District will be participating in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) according to the assessment calendar listed below.

PSSA Test

Testing Dates

Grade Levels

English Language Arts

April 3-7, 2017

3,4,5,6,7,8

Mathematics

April 24-28, 2017

3,4,5,6,7,8

Science

May 1-5, 2017

4,8

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires assessments to be administered in all public school districts and charter schools in Pennsylvania with the exception of a very few students who meet specific criteria for participation in an alternate assessment.  All district students are expected to participate in the state assessments as shown above. All assessment items are written to align with Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards for the specific subject being assessed. The results of each assessment provide valuable data to the school district, which is used for program planning and improvement purposes. Each assessment is made up of multiple-choice, selected response, and constructed response items. For more information about the different types of items on the ELA, Math, and Science PSSAs, please take a moment to become familiar with the attached Parent/Guardian FAQ document provided by the State.

Please make every effort to ensure that your child is present and arrives to school on time during the testing dates.  In the event that a student arrives after the assessment has begun, he/she will not be permitted into the classroom and will report to an alternative location, as not to disrupt the testing environment.  

I would encourage parents to give your child the best opportunity to demonstrate their abilities by making sure your child is in school and on time throughout the testing process, make sure they get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and encourage them to take this assessment seriously as the results play an important role in providing information to adjust the academic offerings in our district.

Thank you for your valued support and cooperation with this assessment.  Your child has been working extremely hard all year and now is their opportunity to demonstrate their ability.  We do understand that this is only one measure of academic ability and will continue to take all the data into account when making academic decisions at South Park. 


PSSA Frequently Asked Questions
PSSA & Electronic Devices
PSSA Code of Conduct for Test Takers
PSSA Calculator Policy



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