2021 PSSA Testing Information and Dates for Grades 3-8

March 26, 2021
 
Good afternoon West Shore families,
 
In February, the U.S. Department of Education announced it would not be waiving the federal standardized testing requirement as it did last year.  Following that decision, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) provided school districts with two options — administer testing during the spring of 2021 or delay testing until the summer/fall of next school year. While both options present challenges, as a district, we believe assessing student learning this year will be more beneficial in guiding instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.  Results obtained from spring testing will also be helpful in planning future District programs, curriculum, and staff development. To view answers to frequently asked questions regarding the PSSAs, please click here.
 
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Testing Overview
  • Elementary Testing Dates: May 3-13
  • Middle School Testing Dates: May 3-25
  • Students in grades 3 through 8 are assessed in English language arts and math
  • Students in grades 4 and 8 are assessed in science
 
The specific schedule for each assessment can be found on the District’s online calendar.
 
Chapter 4 of Pennsylvania School Code allows parents/guardians to excuse their child from the state assessment on the basis of religious beliefs.  If you believe this is applicable, please review the State Assessment opt-out procedures on the District website. After reviewing the information, if you have questions or concerns about your child’s participation in the PSSAs, please contact your child’s principal.
 
While we believe assessment scores represent one aspect of student performance and should not be considered the sole indicator of student achievement, we would like all students to do their best. Thank you in advance for your support and help in making sure your child is well rested and at school on the testing days.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dave Harrison, Director of Elementary Education 
 
Tammi Jones, Director of Secondary Education
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