Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum Statement:  East Pennsboro Area School District is committed to providing a rigorous and comprehensive K-12 curriculum based on the Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards.  Our curriculum serves to attain the goal of creating future ready students through the development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be successful in the 21st Century.

Assessment Overview: East Pennsboro Area School District (EPASD) students participate in Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing and Keystone exams.

The PSSA helps us understand how students in our elementary and middle schools are performing relative to Pennsylvania’s academic standards in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science and Technology. Individual student scores can be used to provide additional educational opportunities for students in need, and school scores help our District improve its curriculum and instructional approaches.

The Keystone exams assess middle and high school student proficiency in core subject areas and are one component used to determine whether our students meet high school graduation requirements. Like the PSSA, the Keystone Exams will help our District improve its progress related to state standards.

PSSA Testing Schedule

East Pennsboro Area School District will participate in Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing in April and May 2020. Students in grades three through eight will take the English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Assessments.

To learn more about PSSA, please visit this website. Please review additional information in the following documents:

PSSA Schedule 2020 (East Pennsboro Elementary, West Creek Hills Elementary and East Pennsboro Area Middle School)
April 21 – 23 ELA (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
April 27 & 29 Math (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
April 30 & May 1 Science (Grades 4 & 8 only)

 

PSSA Testing Information

2020 PSSA Testing Information for Parents and Guardians

2020 PSSA Calculator Policy

PSSA Code of Conduct for Test Takers

 Keystone Testing Information

In May 2020, East Pennsboro Area School District (EPASD) students will participate in Keystone Exams.

The Keystone Exams assess middle and high school student proficiency in core subject areas and are one component used to determine whether our students meet high school graduation requirements. The Keystone Exams will help our District improve its progress related to state standards.

Calculator Policy
Code of Conduct for Test Takers

Keystone Testing Schedule

East Pennsboro Area Middle School Keystone Schedule 2019 (Algebra I students only)
May 11 – 12 Keystone Algebra
 
East Pennsboro Area High School Spring Keystone Exam Schedule 2019
May 11 – 12 Literature Modules 1 & 2
May 13 -14 Algebra Modules 1 & 2
May 15 Literature and Algebra Make-Up Exams (if absent from regular testing window)
May 18 – 19 Biology Modules 1 & 2
May 20 – 22 Biology, Literature and Algebra Make-Up Exams (if absent from regular testing window)

 PSSA/Keystone Testing Opt-Out Information

Excusal from the PSSA and Keystone Exams

Chapter 4 of Title 22 of the Pa. Code (22 Pa. code 4.4) provides for the right of any parent/guardian to excuse his/her child from the state assessment if, upon inspection of the testing materials, he/she finds the assessment to be in conflict with his/her religious beliefs.  This is the only basis for a parent/guardian to excuse his or her child from the statewide assessments.

Procedure for parent/guardian to request that student be excused from the PSSA/Keystone Exam(s):

1. By April 6, 2020, the parent/guardian needs to initiate written contact with the building principal with a request for his/her student to be excused from the assessment(s). However, the parent/guardian may NOT opt out a student unless steps 2 and 3 (below) are followed.

2. Two weeks prior to the assessment(s), the principal will schedule an appointment for the parent/guardian to come in and view the exam(s). The parent/guardian must sign the Parent Confidentiality Agreement provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education prior to viewing the exam. No written notes, video, or pictures can be taken of the material. The objection process is not complete until the parents view the exam(s) in the school. If the parent/guardian wants the student to be excused from several exams (i.e. ELA and Math), then the parent/guardian will need to view all of these exams.

3. The parent/guardian submits a written request to the school principal, with a copy to the Superintendent, stating a request to have his/her child opt out of the assessment due to a religious objection. The letter must list the specific name(s) of each assessment about which there is an objection.

4. A parent/guardian will need to make this request each year he/she wishes the student to be excused and he/she will need to view the exam(s) each year as well.

5. The principal will confirm with the parent/guardian that the child will be excused.

The 2020 PSSA testing window begins Monday, April 20, 2020.
Tests can be viewed from April 6, 2020 until April 17, 2020. No opt-outs will be accepted after April 17, 2020.
More information on the opt-out can be found here (external link to PA Code and Bulletin website.

Contact

Mr. Brian Moore

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

BMoore@epasd.org

717-732-3601