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 English Language Arts, mathematics, and science. All students in grades 3-8 will take the math test and the English Language Arts test, which includes skills in reading and in writing. Students in grades 4 and 8 will also take the science PSSA. For more information on the PSSA, please visit the Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment website, under “District Offices” on Methacton’s homepage.
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.
Testing Window Dates
PSSA English Language Arts
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
April 15 – April 26, 2019
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
April 29 – April 30, 2019
Grades 4, 8
May 1– May 2, 2019
Note that testing does not occur on all days of the windows. In 2019, ELA testing days will occur both before and after our district’s Spring break. Additionally, there is only one week for the administration of the math and science tests. 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 families to:
- Avoid scheduling appointments or making 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 this information regarding the use of cell phones/electronic devices and calculators: Use of Electronic Devices During PSSA Tests.
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