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State Assessment Information

PSSA/Keystone Information

The following information provides parents and students with updates concerning state assessments and protocols established by the district to administer the assessments.

Chapter 4 of the Pennsylvania School Code requires the development of rigorous academic standards and assessments. In 2013, Pennsylvania adopted the PA Core Standards. This set of rigorous standards for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics identifies what students should know and be able to do at various grade levels. School districts design their curriculum and instruction to ensure that students meet or exceed the standards’ expectations.

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is an annual, standards-based criterion-referenced assessment administered to all students in grades 3 through 8 in the subjects of English Language Arts and math. Students in grades 4 and 8 are also assessed in Science. Individual student scores can be used to provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction planning and improvement discussions.  

The Keystone Exams are end of course assessments designed to assess a student’s proficiency in Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature. Keystones are one component of Pennsylvania’s proposed system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.

2023-2024 PSSA Exams Testing Window

Assessment Dates Grades
English Language Arts April 22-26, 2024 Grades 3-8
Mathematics, Science and Makeups April 29 - May 3, 2024 Grades 3-8
Early Reporting Deadlines May 3, 2024 Grades 3-8
PSSA Math, Science Makeups (Optional) May 6-10, 2024 (No early reporting) Grades 3-8


2023-2024 Keystone Exams Testing Window

Time of Year Date
Winter Wave 1 December 4-15, 2023
Winter Wave 2 January 3-17, 2024
Spring May 13-24, 2024
Summer July 29 - August 2, 2024


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