It’s April, and for many school children in Pennsylvania, that means it’s time for tests.
The Pennsylvania Systems of School Assessment (PSSA) is an annual standards-based test. Students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 are assessed in reading and math. Grades 5, 8 and 11 are assessed in writing, and grades 4, 8 and 11 are assessed in science.
The tests have no bearing on students’ grades, and some parents are questioning the need for the PSSA.