Important Information about PSSAs

Dear Parents/Guardians of students in grades 3-8:

We are nearing that time again when  Pine-Richland School District will administer the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) Tests.
The assessments will be administered in the morning during the following testing windows:  

English Language Arts Grades 3-8 April 3-7, 2017
Mathematics Grades 3-8 April 24-28, 2017
Science Grades 4 & 8 May 1-5, 2017
Make-Up  Grades 3-8 May 8-12, 2017

As you may recall the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a 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 of the 
standards. Every student in the public school system in grades:
  • 3-8 are assessed in English Language Arts (a combined test of Reading & Writing) & Mathematics.
  • 4 and 8 are assessed in Science. 
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 support your children in achieving the very best on the PSSAs by ensuring they get 
plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast and arrive at school on time.   
Take time to read more about:
If you have any additional questions regarding the PSSAs, please contact your child's principal.
Dr. Michael Pasquinelli
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Curriculum
Dr. Kristen Silbaugh
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum
Dr. Laura Davis 
Pine-Richland School District
Director of Pupil Services
Pine-Richland Middle 
School Principal
Mr. Steven Smith
Eden Hall Upper Elementary School Principal
Dr. John Mayberry
Hance Elementary
School Principal
Mr. Gene Nicastro
Richland Elementary
School Principal
Dr. Rick Walsh
Wexford Elementary
School Principal