Part 1: The Facts
What is PSSA?
In 1999, Pennsylvania adopted academic standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Mathematics. These standards identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels. School districts possess the freedom to design curriculum and instruction to ensure that students meet or exceed the standards' expectations
The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student's attainment of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards.
Individual student scores, provided only to their respective schools, can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.
Part 2: The Week of The Test
What can you do to help your child be successful?
Here are a few important tips for your child to follow to help him/her be successful the week of the test.
•Get plenty of rest each night during the week of the test
•Eat a good breakfast each day during the week of the test
•Have a positive attitude
•Try hard…Do your best
•Listen carefully and follow directions during the test
•Read all directions and questions carefully
•Don't rush…Work at middle speed
•Check over your work when finished