The background behind the PSSA tests

Charlotte Rywolt, Writer

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) comes every year in April. The PSSA testing was started by The Pennsylvania Department of Education in 1992 to help parents, teachers, and students improve academic performance in reading, math, writing, and science.

The PSSAs are taken to give teachers insight on how well their students are doing in the school subjects to see what they need to work on so that teachers  can get the students prepared for the next grade level. Students in grades 3-8 in FMS took the PSSA’s which included English Language Arts, Math, and Science.(Only 4th and 8th graders take science PSSA’s ).