• Dear Parents/Guardians:
     

    We wanted to take a moment to update you on the standardized testing calendar and resources for the Spring 2021 assessments, as we draw nearer to the administration windows for both the PA System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exams. 

    At this time, the United States Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) require state standardized testing. PDE has permitted increased flexibility in the assessment, acknowledging that schools will face additional logistical challenges for testing large groups of students within health and safety protocols.

    Each grade span and building has designed plans to accommodate our in-person and virtual students as they take the PSSA or Keystone this year while maintaining the integrity of the district Health and Safety plan. Families within the virtual model will receive additional communication from their principal with specific directions for dates and times of testing. 

    Students in grade 3 will primarily be utilizing the paper-based assessments. Students in Grades 4-6 will test primarily online with their assigned Chromebooks. Students in Grades 7-12 will be utilizing a mix of paper-based and online assessments, leveraging available technology.

    Regardless of whether students are taking the paper-based or online assessment, PDE requires all in-person and virtual students to be on campus at the time of testing. For online test takers, PDE utilizes assessment software that requires the use of a school-issued device directly connected to the school network to function.


    PA System of School Assessments (PSSAs) – Grades 3-8

    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 of the standards.  The assessments will be administered on the following dates:  

    English Language Arts

    Grades 3-8

    April 19, 20, & 21, 2021

    Mathematics

    Grades 3-8

    April 26 & 27, 2021

    Science

    Grades 4 & 8

    April 28 & 29, 2021

    Keystone Exams – Grades 8-12

    Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments 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 on the following dates:

    Literature

    May 17 & 18, 2021

    Biology

    May 19 & 20, 2021

    Algebra

    May 24 & 25, 2021

    Student scores can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities; school scores provide information to schools and districts for curricular and instructional improvement.

    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. Students taking the paper-based testing may bring their Chromebook to school throughout the testing window for regular learning activities, yet will not be used or powered on until PSSA or Keystone testing is complete per teacher directions. Please view Keystone & PSSA  frequently asked questions and other resources.
     
    We appreciate you reviewing this important information!
     
    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