Dear Parent/Guardian:


Our PSSA spring testing schedule will begin in April.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all school districts to administer the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Note that this is the second year there is not a separate writing test for students in grades 5 and 8. Rather, all students in grades 3-8 take the English Language Arts test, which includes skills in reading and in writing.


The dates of the testing windows established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) are listed here so that you are aware of the upcoming testing.  



Grade Level(s)

Testing Window Dates

PSSA English Language Arts

Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

April 11 – April 15, 2016

PSSA Mathematics

Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

April 18 – April 22, 2016

PSSA Science

Grades 4, 8

April 25 – April 29, 2016


Please refer to the schedule specifically published for your child’s school as dates and times may vary slightly across buildings based on daily schedules and events that might impact a quiet and uninterrupted testing environment for students in each respective building.


As we work toward ensuring an appropriate testing environment for our students, we ask that you do the following:

  • Avoid making any appointments or vacation plans during the testing windows that would require your child’s absence from school.

  • Make sure your child has adequate rest on the nights before testing and a good breakfast on testing days.

  • Encourage your child to dress comfortably on testing days.

  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time so any preparations or instructions will not be missed.

  • Encourage your child to have a confident and positive attitude toward this testing, and do not over-stress the importance of test results. 

Additionally, please review the PDE policies linked below regarding the use of cell phones/electronic devices and calculators.


The PSSA results provide our district with one objective measure of its educational program. Along with information from district-based assessments, the PSSA may assist you in gaining a more complete understanding of your child’s performance and growth toward acquiring academic skills.  

Thank you in advance, for your support.  Please call your child’s principal or me if you have further questions or concerns.


Mary M. Katona, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

In order to assist us in providing the best possible environment for test-taking, please review these PDE policies and share them with your child.