Standardized Testing Program
In accordance with the school district’s “Guidelines for the Collection, Maintenance and Dissemination of Student Records,” it is our policy to announce the standardized testing program schedule and the education purpose for the administration of the tests:
Given in Grade
To measure and monitor student performance in reading, math, writing, and spelling. They are given periodically throughout the school year.
Fountas & Pinnell Benchark Assessment
To assess reading skills
1, 3, 5, 7
To assess cognitive abilities used for gifted screening
KDI II (Kindergarten Diagnostic Instrument)
To assess developmental readiness skills
To assess and measure academic performance for any student taking Algebra I, Literature and/or Biology
Career Planning Program (CAP)
To identify career and educational goals
PA System of School Assessment (PSSA) –
To assess achievement of student learning outcomes and to assist in strategic planning.
Reading & Math
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
CDT (Classroom Diagnostic Tools)
3 through 11
To provide benchmark assessments in math, reading, science, and English to estimate performance on the PSSA and Keystone exams.
Terra Nova Standardized Group Achievement Test
2, 4, 6, 8
To assess and measure student academic performance in reading, math and spelling.
Used for gifted screening and special education placements.
Students may voluntarily participate in these tests:
Armed Services, Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Vocational Aptitude Test
To assess work skills and career plans
Survey for Bullying Prevention Program
To assess the effectiveness of the bullying prevention program
At times in order to assess an individual student's progress or to determine if there is a need for a special education evaluation, individual tests will be administered by either the guidance counselor, reading teacher and/or intervention coordinator. These tests can include an individual achievement test, behavior or social rating scale, individual abilities test, reading or math diagnostic test, etc. Parents will be notified.