State Assessments

PSSA & Keystone Testing

girl taking testIn order to comply with federal and state regulations, standardized testing takes place in all schools. These standardized tests include the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) and the Keystone Exams.

The English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics PSSAs are administered in grades 3-8. Students in grades four and eight also take a PSSA Science Test. All PSSA tests are designed to measure student performance in the PA Core Standards or PA Standards.

The Keystone Exams are administered in the following content areas:  Algebra I, Literature and Biology. Students will take these exams in conjunction with correlating courses. Students must complete a Keystone Exam in each of these subjects by the end of their junior year.

Educational trips will not be approved during testing windows.

Winter Keystone Exams, Wave 1: December 4-15, 2023
Winter Keystone Exams, Wave 2: January 3-17, 2024

ELA - April 22-26, 2024
Math, Science & Make-ups - April 29 - May 10, 2024

Spring Keystone Exams:
May 13-24, 2024

Parents are strongly encouraged to discuss with their children Pennsylvania Department of Education's statement regarding the consequences of possession of electronic devices during testing: Electronic Devices Policy.


The following parent tips can help your child have a positive testing experience:

  • Be sure your child gets plenty of sleep during the testing period. Adequate rest provides focus, alertness and clear thinking.
  • Provide breakfast for your child. Starting the day right will boost your child's energy.
  • Avoid scheduling appointments during testing days.
  • Be prompt for school. Being tardy can interfere with the testing process.
  • Be your child's cheerleader! Provide positive and uplifting encouragement for your child.

Find more parent tips HERE.

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