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About Excluding Students from Taking the PSSA

posted Mar 18, 2015, 8:25 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 8:25 AM ]

March 18, 2015

According to 2015 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Handbook, the protocol for parental request for exclusion from the assessment is as follows:

  • Two weeks prior to each testing window, assessments will be available for review by parents and guardians. The assessment must be reviewed on district property and district personnel must be present at all times. Districts must provide a convenient time for the review.
  • Parents and guardians must sign the Parent Confidentiality Agreement. Parents and guardians may not photocopy, write down, or in any other manner record any portion of the assessments, including directions.
  • If after reviewing the test parents/guardians find the test to be in conflict with their religious beliefs and wish their student(s) to be excused from the test, the parents/guardians must provide a written request that states the objection to the Superintendent or Chief Executive Officer.
  • If the student is excused from the assessment due to parental or guardian request, school personnel must provide an alternative learning environment for the student during the assessment.

Thank you,
Kathleen Scheid, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Technology Pennridge School District

Feedback Needed

posted Jan 3, 2015, 11:04 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Jan 3, 2015, 11:04 AM ]

The Pennsylvania Department of Education asks for feedback regarding testing content used in the PSSA and Keystone exams. Parents, educators, and community members can go to:, review content, and submit feedback which will aid in the PDE review and revision process.

Flier Distribution Policy

posted Jan 3, 2015, 10:58 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Jan 3, 2015, 11:00 AM ]

Beginning February 1, 2015 all fliers from outside organizations that are approved for distribution will be posted on the appropriate school’s website. The Pennridge School District has been working to reduce paper costs and copying costs, and is excited that this new delivery system will help toward that goal. Any parent/guardian that is interested can download a copy of the flier.

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