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2023 State Testing Information

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all school districts to administer the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in English language arts, mathematics, and science for grades 3 through 8.
The Vanguard School will administer these assessments in the spring of this school year (2022-2023). The PSSA will be administered on the dates below.
Assessment: English Language Arts (ELA)
Grades: 3-8
Dates: April 25, 26, & 27
Assessment: Mathematics
Grades: 3-8
Dates: May 2 & 3
Assessment: Science
Grades: 4 and 8 only
May 4 & 5
By May 12, 2023
Title 22, Chapter 4 of PA School Code provides language and procedures for parents/guardians to opt-out of testing due to religious reasons. This process includes signing a confidentiality agreement, reviewing the assessment booklets, and signing an affidavit to the Director of Education indicating your religious objection. Please contact your building program supervisor/coordinator to schedule this process. 
Parents/Guardians also have the right of refusal to participate in this assessment process. This request must be provided to the building program supervisor/coordinator in writing (an email is sufficient) indicating the student’s name, grade level and your refusal for them to participate in the assessment. Additional information can be found on the website for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Additionally, please review these very important PDE policies linked on our website to fully understand the state-testing program:
●        Information for Parents/Guardians (Q/A)
●        Use of cell phones/electronic devices
●        Pennsylvania Calculator Policy
●        Code of Conduct for test takers