PSSA Information

The Ligonier Valley School District is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to administer an achievement test called the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).  This year, the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments will be administered to students in grades six through eighth, and the science assessment will be administered to students in eighth grade.  In addition, students enrolled in the Algebra I course will complete the Keystone exam.  The assessment window follows:

  • ELA                        April 4-7, 2017
  • Mathematics          April 26-28, 2017
  • Science                  May 2-3, 2017
  • Algebra Keystone  May 16-17, 2017

The purpose of this assessment is to provide a direct performance measure of the students’ proficiency in attaining the mathematics and ELA standards.  Students who are absent will be scheduled to complete any portion of the test that they miss upon their return to school per the guidelines set for the Department of Education.

In Chapter 4 of the PA Code, provisions permit parents/guardians who, upon inspection of the testing materials, find the assessment to be in conflict with their religious beliefs to request that their child(ren) be excused from the assessment.  This written request from the parent/guardian must be addressed to the district superintendent.  To inspect testing materials, parents/guardians are required to appear in person, review the assessment in the presence of school personnel, and sign a state approved confidentiality agreement (no notes may be taken or electronic devices may not be used).  This request should be made at least two weeks prior to the first day of the testing window.  

If a student in anyway violates test security, there are consequences at the local and state level.  This is mandated by the PA Department of Education. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Henderson, School Assessment Coordinator, at 724-238-6412, during office hours, 7:10 A.M. to 2:55 P.M., Monday through Friday.