Assessment Information

This page provides information about some assessments administered throughout the school year.

2016 Elementary Assessment Calendar


General Information about PSSA and Keystone Exams

For the 2016-17 school year, the Pennsylvania State Assessment System has aligned the PSSA to the new PA Core Standards for reading, writing, and mathematics. The reading and writing assessments will be assessed together in the English Language Arts PSSA (ELA) in grades 3 through 8.


As done in the past few years, the Keystone Exams will continue to be administered at the secondary level in Algebra, Biology, and ELA. Proficiency is a graduation requirement for students starting with the class of 2019.


PSSA - Pennsylvania System of School Assessment

The schedule below reflects dates that are within a window of time set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


2016-2017 PSSA Administration Dates

English Language Arts PSSA

April 3-6, 2017

Grades 3-8


April 24-26, 2017

Grades 3-8

Science PSSA

May 2-3, 2017

Grades 4 & 8


Keystone Exams

Students are expected to complete the Keystone Exam at the end of a related course. The courses that require a Keystone Exam are in Algebra, Literature, and Biology. The Algebra I Keystone Exam is administered at the end of this course which could be in middle or high school depending upon when a student is enrolled. The Biology Keystone Exam will be given at the end of 9th grade, and the Literature Keystone Exam will be given at the end of 10th grade. Any student that scores below proficient may take the test a second time during the next testing window.

2016-2017 Keystone Administration Dates

Winter Keystone Window

January 9-20, 2017

Grades 10-11

Spring Keystone Window

May 15-26, 2017

Grades 8-11


WIDA – World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment

The WIDA test is given to students who are enrolled in the ESL (English as a Second Language) program. This assessment test students on the level of proficiency in the English language. Students who are ELL (English Language Learners) will take this test until they are promoted out of the ESL program.

2016-2017 WIDA Administration Dates


January 23-March 3, 2017

Grades K-12