January 2017Dear 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. All students in grades 3-8 will take the English Language Arts test, which includes skills in reading and in writing. 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 3 – April 7, 2017
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
April 24 – April 28, 2017
Grades 4, 8
May 1 – May 5, 2017Please 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 information on the back of this letter 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.