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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

    English Language Arts
    Grades 3-8
    Weeks of April 15 & April 22, 2019
    Mathematics
    Grades 3-8
    Week of April 29, 2019
    Science
    Grades 4 & 8
    Week of April 29, 2019

     
     
     
     
    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 on the following dates:
     
    Winter Wave 1 Weeks of Dec. 3 & Dec. 10, 2018
    Winter Wave II Weeks of Jan. 7 & Jan. 14, 2019
    Spring Weeks of May 13 & May 21, 2019
       
    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 KeystonePSSA  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
    Pine-Richland High School 
    Principal
    Dr. David Kristofic
    Pine-Richland Middle
    School Principal
    Mr. Steven Smith
    Eden Hall Upper Elementary Principal
    Dr. John Mayberry
    Hance Elementary
    Principal
    Mr. Gene Nicastro
    Richland Elementary Principal
    Dr. Rick Walsh
    Wexford Elementary
    Principal