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2017 PSSA Information


The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests will be administered in 2017 as listed below:

Content Areas                                                     Dates                           Grade Levels

English Language Arts (ELA) Assessment          April 4-7, 2017             3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Mathematics Assessment                                   April 25-27, 2017         3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Science Assessment                                           May 2-3, 2017                      4 and 8

The 2017 PSSA assessments are based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards. These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels. Next fall you will receive individual reports relating to your child’s performance.

Please make every effort to ensure your child attends school during these testing dates. In addition, we appreciate your support and encouragement for your child during the assessments. Please feel free to contact your child’s guidance counselor or principal if you have any questions.

Parents/ guardians, teachers, and students have important roles to play in the testing process. In the spirit of working together, we can help insure the best possible results for the students and the district. Your cooperation and consideration are appreciated.

Best of luck to our students!


Montour School Assessment Regulations


  1. “Breaks and Disruptions During Testing Sessions” Regulation
  2. “No Cell Phone or Electronic Device” Regulation



Regulation 1: “Breaks and Disruptions During Testing Sessions”



  • All students will be reminded and be provided an opportunity to use the restroom facilities just prior to each testing session.
  • Non-emergency, individual or group breaks will not be permitted if there are any students actively involved in testing.
  • A student needing to take an emergency restroom or other short break during a testing session (shorter than 5 minutes), should alert the Test Administrator of the situation, and with permission, take the necessary break with as little disruption to other testers as possible.
  • If testing online, students will use the “Pause” button to lock their computer screens, before they take a planned or unplanned break.
  • Students taking paper test versions, will close their answer sheet inside their test booklet to mark their location of where they left off, and will leave their test booklets closed until they return to testing.
  • All students will resume testing as soon as they return to the testing session, being reminded to cause as little disturbance to other testers as possible.
  • Hall proctors will ensure that only one student at a time is utilizing the lavatory.



  • It is the responsibility of each Test Administrator to keep all disruptions to testing environments at a minimum throughout the testing sessions.
  • All testing locations will be posted with a “Do Not Disturb” sign, which would be observed by all school personnel and students throughout the testing sessions. No exceptions!
  • School announcements made over the intercom/VBRICK system, or phone calls to classrooms should not be made during testing sessions, unless in the case of an emergency.
  • “Emergency” disruptions are the only exceptions to this disruption police, and are constituted by an eminent threat of safety or well-being for one of more students, or the entire school



In the event of an emergency or need to evacuate a given classroom, area or the entire building, the first and utmost concern is always the safety of the students and staff.  Follow district emergency management plan policy and procedures.


  Regulation 2: “No Cell Phone or Electronic Device” Regulation


These rules and policies apply to the administration of both the Keystone Exams and the PSSA tests.  District personnel, school personnel, parents and students must understand that the integrity of the test cannot be compromised.  Full cooperation of all district and school personnel must comply with this policy.  All violations to this “No Cell Phone or Electronic Device” rule must be reported to the building administrator, district’s assessment coordinator, and the superintendent.  The violation must also be reported immediately to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by a district administrator.


  • All cell phones or any other electronic devices are not allowed during any PSSA or Keystone test administration. All devices should remain in the student lockers during test sessions.  Any cell phones, smart phones, or other prohibited electronic devices will be collected by the Test Administrator as students enter the testing site.
  • There will be consequences for a student using and/or having a cell phone or other electronic device during the test administration. Such use will result in the application of a “Do Not Score” label on his/her test booklet or appropriate notification to not score on the online version, and the student must retake the assessment during the same administration testing window in order to receive a score. 
  • If a student uses a cell phone or electronic device in any manner during the administration of the test, the phone or electronic device will be confiscated until such time that the parent or guardian can come to the school, and in the presence of the parent or guardian, the cell phone or other electronic device will be viewed to ensure that no information or material regarding the assessment is present.
  • Any violation of the district’s no cell phone or other electronic device rule will result in a referral to the principal for disciplinary consequences. More severe disciplinary action may result, depending on whether test material or content has been compromised.  Parents and students may be responsible for the replacement costs or expenses incurred for any items on an assessment that may have been compromised.  These items can no longer be used and will have to be replaced.

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