PSSA: Pennsylvania System of School Assessment

Neshannock Township School District students are required to participate in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).  Curriculum regulations call for the annual administration of these assessments in Grades 3 through 8.

Neshannock students will complete the following assessments within the corresponding testing windows:

  • Content Area:  English Language Arts
    • Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    • Testing Window:  April 15-26, 2019
  • Content Area:  Math
    • Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    • Testing Window:  April 29 – May 3, 2019
  • Content Area:  Science
    • Grades 4 and 8
    • Testing Window:  April 29 – May 3, 2019
  • Make-Up Testing Window
    • Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    • Testing Window:  April 29 – May 3, 2019

Neshannock Township School District encourages all eligible students to participate in the PSSA.  Aggregate test data will assist District personnel in assessing the content of our curriculum, and the individual student data will enable parents and the school to better plan to meet the individual curricular needs of each student.

If parents do not want their child to participate in the PSSA due to religious beliefs, they may excuse their child from the assessment.  However, parents are required to review the actual PSSA materials prior to signing a religious exemption letter for their child.  The materials will be available for review in the high school and elementary offices by appointment only.  Parents who choose to exempt their child from the assessment must notify the school principal no later than one week prior to the start date of each testing window.  Please telephone the high school office at 724-658-5513 or the elementary office at 724-652-8709, if you wish to make an appointment to review the PSSA materials for your child’s grade level.

Additional information is provided by parents via the link below.  The information was prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  If you have other questions, please contact Dr. Tracy McCalla – Junior High Principal, Mr. Matthew Heasley – Elementary Principal, Mrs. Alexis Anderson – Elementary School Assessment Coordinator, or Mr. Adam Held – District Assessment Coordinator at their respective phone numbers listed above.

Pennsylvania Department of Education – PSSA Information for Parents/Guardians


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