Board Approves New Graduation Requirement

TESTING
Beginning with the Class of 2013, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). 

On August 22, 2011 the School Board of Directors approved an additional graduation requirement for the students of Pine-Richland School District.

There are three ways that students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency on the set of skills associated with this assessment.

  1. The most direct opportunity to demonstrate proficiency will be during the annual assessment administered to all eleventh grade students in March or April.  These exams are scored and schools are notified of the results in August. Click here for all PSSA testing windows.

  2. In the event that a student does not meet the proficient level of performance on the exam, he/she will be scheduled for a remediation course in the fall of their senior year to continue to refine necessary skills.  A retest is then offered to non-proficient students in October.  This is the second opportunity to demonstrate proficiency.  If a student is able to demonstrate proficiency on the retest then the student may be able to select a 2nd semester elective to replace the remediation course.

  3. If a student does not demonstrate proficiency on the retest then the remainder of the school year in the remediation course will be devoted to the completion of a project.  The purpose of the project will be to accumulate evidence of a student’s proficiency on each of the skills included and assessed through the PSSA.

All students will have the opportunity to graduate on time but may have different paths to demonstrate their proficiency on the skills contained within the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.