• Standardized Testing Schedule

    Within the Elementary Schools of the North Allegheny School District, two standardized tests are administered. Please note that "Vacation Requests" will not be approved during scheduled assessment windows.

    Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

    In compliance with §4.51(a)(4) of the PA School Code, the State Board of Education approved, "specific criteria for advanced, proficient, basic and below basic levels of performance."

    The state's assessment system known as the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) helps Pennsylvania and the district meet federal and state requirements. They are designed to serve as one data point to indicate how students, schools, and school districts are progressing on those standards to parents, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

    The English Language Arts and Mathematics PSSAS are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. These assessments include items that are consistent with the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

    The Science PSSA is administered to students in grades 4 and 8. This assessment includes items that are aligned to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science, Technology, Environment and Ecology.

    PSSAs are administered during the spring according to a testing schedule set by the Department of Education. View more information about PSSAs.

    Testing Dates

    English Language Arts for Grades 3-8

    • April 9-13, 2018

    Math for Grades 3-8

    • April 16-20, 2018

    Science for Grades 4 and 8

    • April 23-27, 2018

    PSSA Make-Ups

    • April 30-May 4, 2018

    Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

    What is it?

    The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) measures student achievement in grades 2-7 in Mathematics, Reading, and Vocabulary. Information from these test results assists in individual student planning and the development and implementation of instructional improvement plans, as well as curriculum development.

    Testing Dates

    Grades 2-7

    • January 8-12, 2018