The Testing Season in Upon Us

The Testing Season is Upon Us
PSSAsAll parents want to see their child excel in school. As the PSSA testing season approaches, parents can play an important role in helping their children give their best performance on a test.

The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment will be administered April 9 through April 26 to students at varying grade levels. The exams are a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment and provides students, parents, and educators with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards. 

Standards are tested or measured in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology to identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.

Staring this week, we will be administering the PSSA Exams to the 3rd-8th grade students.

The 2018 PSSA Testing Schedule is as follows:

April 9, 10, and 11, 2018 -- English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8)  
April 16 and 17, 2018 -- Mathematics (Grades 3-8)                   
April 23 and 24, 2018 -- Science (Grades 4 and 8)                                  

During these days, all students (Grades 7-12) will report at the normal time, but will follow the schedule below:

7:30 am -- Students Report to Assigned Testing Rooms or Keystone Prep Sessions
7:30-7:45 am -- Administrative Preparations
7:45-9:30 am -- PSSA Test Session
9:30 am -- Normal classes will begin (Running a two-hour delay schedule)

All elementary students (Grades K – 6) will report at the normal time. Students in grades 3-6 will take the PSSA from 9:00-11:00 am each morning. They will then follow an abbreviated schedule for the remainder of the day.

Check out these tips for a better testing experience:
The Night Before Testing:
1. Be sure your child gets to bed on time. Research shows that a well-rested child will perform better in school.
2. Help children resolve any immediate arguments before going to bed.
3. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.
4. Mention the test to show you are interested but don't dwell on it.
5. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.

The Morning of the Test:
1. Get up early to avoid rushing. Be sure your child is at school on time.
2. Provide a good breakfast for your child, but not a heavy one. 
3. Have your child dress in something comfortable.
4. Be positive about the test. Acknowledge that tests can be hard and encourage your child to do their best. 

After the Test:
1. Talk to you child about his/her feelings about the test and make sure you acknowledge their efforts.
2. Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from the test.
3. Explain that performance on a test is not a condition for you to love your child; you love your child for the person he/she is.

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