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Information on Upcoming PSSAs

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8:

The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science (8 grade only) assessments will be administered to all students in Pennsylvania public schools this year. Specifically, students at Radnor Middle School will take the ELA PSSA on April 26, 27 and 28, the Math PSSA on May 3 and 4, and the Science PSSA (8th grade only) on May 5. Testing typically begins at 8:15 a.m. each testing day.

We have carefully scheduled each of the sections of the PSSA so that students are not overly taxed on any one day of testing. As stated previously, the PSSA is an untimed test, so all students may work without worry about reaching the end "in time" but rather should focus on showing their best work. After a test section is completed for the day, a modified schedule of classes is held so that students continue with the learning expectations of a typical school day.

For students with learning differences, accommodations are allowable as specified in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Service Agreements. Furthermore, students with limited English proficiency may also access tools that will enable them to participate meaningfully in this assessment. If you have questions regarding these guidelines, please contact your child's Learning Support Teacher or English Language Teacher. Other questions can be directed to your child's school counselor (Mr. Diehl- gr. 8, Ms. Dean- gr. 7, Mrs. McAndrew- gr. 6) or principal, Dr. Wiedlich.

All students in grades 6-8 must take either the PSSA or the PASA (Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment). The only exemption given by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is for religious beliefs. To obtain a religious exemption, parents must contact the building principal, Dr. David Wiedlich, and make arrangements to review the test materials.

Tests can be reviewed once they arrive in the building which is expected on or about April 18, 2022. Parents will view the materials in a secure location in the presence of school personnel. Parents who view the assessment materials must sign a Parent Confidentiality Agreement and may not take notes or photos or make any kind of representation of the assessment.

If after reviewing the assessment, a parent believes that the assessment conflicts with his/her religious beliefs, the parent/guardian must provide a written request to excuse the child based on religious grounds. The written requests must be addressed to the Superintendent but should be submitted directly to Dr. Wiedlich. Requests may be hard copy or may be sent through email.

While the PSSAs are only one measure of your child’s achievement, these assessments are important. The assessments provide information about the academic progress of our students, and the quality of our school programs. Results are used for to identify individual student needs and to provide a source of information in our efforts to continually improve our curriculum. Additionally, school and district results are published through various media outlets and reflect the overall performance of the Radnor Township School District.

Please note that state regulations dictate that any students beyond 5% of a school’s enrollment who do not participate in PSSA testing will be assigned a score of “‘not-proficient” for the purpose of reporting that school’s data. This would have a negative impact on the reported results.

We thank you in advance for encouraging good attendance during this testing time. Certainly, students who are ill when the tests are administered should stay home until well. These students will be scheduled for a make-up at a later date. We also appreciate your efforts in not planning trips or medical appointments during testing. Finally, we value your assistance in making sure that your children are well rested and have an adequate breakfast each morning on the days of the tests.

Thank you for your continued support of your child's success and the success of Radnor Schools. If you have any questions regarding PSSA testing, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Wiedlich
RMS Principal

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