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      Dear Parents/Guardians:
     
    In preparation for upcoming assessments, we wanted to provide you with some information on testing windows and resources.
     
     
    PA System of School Assessments (PSSAs) - Grades 3-8
    First up is the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) Tests.  As you may recall the PSSAs are standards-based assessments 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 in the standards.  The assessments will be administered in April and May. These dates are tentative. Please check back later.
     
    English Language Arts
    Grades 3-8
    April 19-23, 2021
    Mathematics, Science, & Make-Ups
    Grades 3-8
    April 26-April 30, 2021
    Optional Additional Math, Science, & Make-Ups Grade 3-8
    May 3-7, 2021
     
    Keystone Exams - Grades 8-12
    Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments are designed to measure students' mastery of the standards associated with Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature.  While Keystone Exams are a requirement for graduation at Pine-Richland School District.  Please note that the Keystones will be administered during the morning during the following windows, please note the exceptions found on the PA Department of Education Website for 2019-2020. Students who took the Keystone Exams during the 2019-20 school year prior to the pandemic (i.e., summer 2019 or winter 2020) may use those results to satisfy their individual Act 158 requirements and for any local purposes. However, because 2019-20 school year cohort results will not be comparable with prior or future years results, these results will not be factored into future accountability determinations such as cyclical Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement determinations (A-TSI) (scores of students who took the Keystone Exams in the summer of 2019 or the winter of 2019-2020 as a re-tester will be attributed for the purposes of federal accountability and reporting.) More details...
     
    Winter Wave I Dec. 1-15, 2020
    Spring May 16-27, 2021
     
    Student scores 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.
     
    Please remember students should not bring any electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches, etc.) other than an approved calculator, if applicable.  We encourage parents and students to review the Exam Code of Conduct and Calculator Policy. Please view Keystone PSSA  frequently asked questions and other resources.
     
    Finally, remind your child to get plenty of rest and eat a well-balanced breakfast during this time. Thank you for your time and your willingness to review more information regarding upcoming assessments. 
     
    Sincerely,

    Dr. Michael Pasquinelli
    Asst. Supt. of Secondary Education & Curriculum
    Dr. Kristen Silbaugh
    Asst. Supt. of Elementary Education & Curriculum
    Mrs. Nancy Bowman
    PRHS Principal
    Dr. David Kristofic
    Pine-Richland Middle
    School Principal
    Mr. Steven Smith
    Eden Hall Upper Elementary Principal
    Ms. Greta Kuzilla
    Hance Elementary Principal
    Ms. Jenna Sloan
    Richland Elementary Principal
    Ms. Kelly Gustafson
    Wexford Elementary Principal