District Assessment Calendars
These pages provide a schedule for district assessments administered throughout the school year:
General Information about PSSA and Keystone Exams
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.
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.
NWEA MAP Assessments
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)
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.