Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA)
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will begin after spring break for CCS students in Grades 3rd-8th. The exam schedule is outlined below:
Grades 3rd-8th will test April 23rd – 25th.
Grades 3rd-8th will test on April 30th and May 1st.
Only grades 4th and 8th will test on May 2nd and May 3rd.
Will occur throughout the testing window from April 24th – May 6th.
To ensure that your children are feeling prepared on testing days, please make sure they are well-rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time. As a reminder, for this year all students are provided breakfast and lunch at no cost. Please also review the important parent/guardian resources found in the “Resources” box on this page.
The PSSA documents are available in English and Spanish. They are:
- Parent FAQ | Preguntas Frecuentes de los Padres
- Cell Phone Policy | Póliza de los Teléfonos
- Calculator Policy | Póliza de la Calculadora
- Code of Conduct | Código de Conducta
Families with children in Grades 3rd and 8th can email Mrs. Jenni Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org) with PSSA questions or support.
PSSA Testing Opt-Out Information
Excusal from the PSSA Process
Chapter 4 of Title 22 of the Pa. Code (22 Pa. code 4.4) provides for the right of any parent/guardian to excuse his/her child from the state assessment if, upon inspection of the testing materials, he/she finds the assessment to be in conflict with his/her religious beliefs. This is the only basis for a parent/guardian to excuse his or her child from the statewide assessments.
Procedure for parent/guardian to request that student be excused from the PSSA/Keystone Exam(s):
- The parent/guardian needs to initiate contact with the school with a request for his/her student to be excused from the assessment(s).
- The Curriculum Department will contact the parent/guardian timely to discuss and to schedule an in-person meeting, if needed. Meetings will be scheduled, starting two weeks prior to the assessment(s). When appropriate, the parent/guardian must come in and view the exam(s), after signing the Parent Confidentiality Agreement. No written notes, video, or pictures can be taken of the material.
- Next, the parent/guardian must submit a written request, addressed to the school CEO, to have his/her child opt out of the assessment due to a religious objection. The letter must list the specific name(s) of each assessment about which there is an objection.
- The school will confirm with the parent/guardian that the child will be excused from PSSA testing.
Keystone Spring Assessments
Students who were enrolled in Keystone trigger courses (Algebra 1, Biology, and American Literature) in Spring 2024, but were unable to complete the Keystone exam due to health and safety reasons, will be scheduled to take the Keystone Exam during the Winter Wave.
Additionally, students who have previously completed Keystone exams, but haven’t yet achieved proficiency will be provided an opportunity to retake their exam during the Winter Wave.
The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams (Winter Keystones) are scheduled for December 4 – 18, 2023.
Students who are actively enrolled in Keystone trigger courses for the 2021-2022 schooly year will be registered to take the Spring Keystone exam.
The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams (Spring Keystones) are scheduled for May 13 – 24, 2024.
Please review the important parent/guardian resources found in the “Resources” box on the right of the screen.
The documents are available in English and Spanish. They are:
- Keystone: Parent FAQ | Preguntas Frecuentes de los Padres
- Keystone: Cell Phone Policy | Póliza de los Teléfonos
- Keystone: Calculator Policy | Póliza de la Calculadora
- Keystone: Code of Conduct | Código de Conducta
For any students taking either Algebra 1, Biology, or Literature Keystone please email Ms. Jennifer Juarez (email@example.com) with questions.