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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 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 in the standards.  The assessments will be administered in April and May:

     
    English Language Arts
    Grades 3-8
    April 20-24, 2020
    Mathematics, Science, & Make-Ups
    Grades 3-8
    April 27-May 1, 2020
    Optional Additional Math, Science, & Make-Ups Grade 3-8
    May 4-8, 2020
     
    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.  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.

    Winter Wave I Dec. 2-13, 2019
    Winter Wave II Jan. 6-7, 2020
    Spring May 11-22, 2020
     
    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
    Dr. Gene Nicastro
    Richland Elementary Principal
    Ms. Kelly Gustafson
    Wexford Elementary Principal