Dear Parents of 3rd and 4th grade students,
The dates for this year’s PSSA testing are as follows:
- April 15-17, 2019: Grades 3-4 English Language Arts
- April 23-24, 2019: Grades 3-4 Mathematics
- April 30 and May 1, 2019: Grade 4 Science
We are always looking for ways to enhance our students’ successes, and taking the PSSA test is no different.
The teachers and students have been working very diligently to prepare for the tests by practicing sample problems and by modeling effective test-taking strategies; however some students still experience an elevated level of anxiety with these types of standardized tests. While we continually emphasize to the students that they should simply work their hardest and do their best, we would like to give the students more opportunities, in addition to those given here at school, to take a practice test at home in an effort to help them feel prepared for the upcoming tests.
Please click here
to see practice Math, Reading and Science (Grade 4 only) tests for each grade level that utilizes the same format as the actual test. These are items from previous tests which have been published on the public PDE website as samples. The answers are also included in the document.
Between now and when the tests are administered, we encourage you and your child to practice a few of the Math problems, especially the open-ended types, and to complete an open-ended written response to a Reading passage requiring students to cite details from the story. Please feel free to share feedback with your child’s teacher.
We appreciate your efforts to have your children in school during our testing window.
Grateful for wonderful parent support,
Mrs. Rose DeGregorio
Instructional Support Teacher
Mr. Jay Johnson,
Principal, Lincoln Elementary