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PSSA Testing

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

PSSAThe Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) includes assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA.  The English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics PSSAs include items that are consistent with the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The Science PSSA include items that are aligned to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science, Technology, Environment and Ecology.
Students across the state in grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th are required to take the annual PSSA exams during the state mandated testing window, which runs mid-April to early May.  Agora is no different!

Grade Level Tested PSSA Test
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades English and Language Arts (ELA)
4th and 8th Grades Science

FREE Health Screenings at some PSSA Sites!

Pennsylvania state law requires every child who attends school to have a health screening completed each year. To help meet this requirement, the Agora nursing team offers free health screenings for our students at various locations across the state, and we hope you will take advantage of this free service if we are in your area!
Screenings will be held at many of the PSSA testing sites during April.  PSSA Health Screening Locations

Preparing for the Test

VIDEO: PSSA Success Strategies

PSSA Practice Resources


PDE Mandated Cell Phone Policy:

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education has created a new policy regarding cell phones at PSSA testing sites.  If a student brings a cell phone to the testing site, it must be checked in and kept by Agora staff.  Cell phones are not allowed in the possession of the student, whether it is on their person, or in bags or other items accompanying them, during testing.  It is recommended that students leave cell phones at home.


The following forms should be filled out prior to arrival at the site in order to make the sign-in process quicker and easier.  All students must have an Emergency Contact and Health Info form filled out for the site.  If a student in 7th or 8th grade is using public transportation or transporting themselves to the site, they must have a signed and completed Self-transport form with them prior to arrival.  Any students who may need medication during the testing time must turn in a completed Self-administration of Medication form.

Emergency Contact & Health Info Form
Student Site Self-transportation Form