PSSA Letter to Parents -- Spring 2019

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

During the month of April, students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 throughout the state of Pennsylvania will participate in state-initiated assessments of English language arts, mathematics, and science. 

In the Intermediate High School, we will follow the testing schedule listed below:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, MATHEMATICS, and SCIENCE

 

English Language Arts - April 15, 16 & 17, 2019

 

Mathematics - April 29 & 30, 2019

 

Science - May 1, 2019

 

 

In order to help you understand more about the nature and purpose of these assessments, we are sharing with you an informational sheet designed to answer many of the questions you may have.  Please note that parents or guardians have the right to request that their child be exempted from these evaluations.  According to state regulations, parents who preview the test may only request that a child be exempt from the assessment(s) if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.  The exemption request must be submitted in writing to the building principal prior to the first day of the assessment.

Since these tests include both multiple choice questions and performance responses, they assist the District in gaining a fuller picture about the quality of our program than can be determined through the use of standardized achievement tests alone.  As soon as they become available, results will be sent to each building and your child’s individual scores will be sent home to you.  These will give you an indication of how your child scored in relation to other children in the state.

In an effort to have students be more comfortable during the math testing, we encourage students to bring their own calculators on the days of the math testing.  Also, this would assist us in having sufficient numbers of calculators since Butler Intermediate High School does not have a calculator for every student in seventh and eighth grade.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has requested that Districts remind parents and students about the state rules and policies that relate to the possession of cell phones, smart phones, and other prohibited electronic devices in the testing area.  These policies supersede our District policies during testing and are outlined in the following statements:

  1. Cell phones, smart phones, and other prohibited electronic devices are not allowed during test administration.  Using or having any of these devices during the testing will result in your student’s test not being scored.  A DO NOT SCORE label will be attached to his or her test.

 

  1. If a student uses any of these prohibited devices in any way during the administration of the test, the devices will be confiscated, parents will be called to the school, and parents will be required to show that no information or material regarding the assessment is present on the device.  The student’s discipline will vary based on District policy: however, if the integrity of any assessment item is compromised and can no longer be used by the state, the parents and students may be responsible for the cost of replacement.

 

If, after reading the attached information, you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact either my office or the office of Dr. Brian Slamecka, Assistant Superintendent.

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Sincerely,

Stephen Dobransky
Principal, Butler Intermediate High School

 





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