PSSA Administration Meeting Agenda
Master testi ng schedule
Accommodati ons groupings
2. Securit y P rocedures
Classroom teachers must si gn test s in and out of the secure storage
location in the office after every testin g session . No except ions.
3. Encouraging our students
Continued positivit y each da y
Explaining the importance of t he t est s - to help drive i nstructional
decisions that will help meet their needs!
Provide for fun l earning opportunities as well as rel axation/ snacks when
4. Administ ering the test
Thoroughl y read t he Directions for Administration m anuals before
administering t he t est(s) . There are separate manuals for writing and
5. Room Prep
Take down or cover all displa ys in your room, includi ng w ord walls and
non-PSSA rubri cs. S tudents m a y be provided with the PSSA rubri cs that
are in the administration bookl ets.
6. Mat eri als
Materials incl uding Scrat ch Paper, #2 pencils, and approved calculators
should be prepared by classroom teachers. Office personnel will ensure
test bookl ets and PS SA rul ers are prepared for each class.
7. Students in Alt ernate Testing Locations
All proctors will report to each classroom to pi ck up assi gned st udents .
Do not begin administering t he assessm ent in your classroo m until all
students have been picked up.
Proctors, be prompt (5 minut es before t esting tim e) so schedules can be
Please hand over all student t esting m at eri als including testi ng booklets,
scratch paper, pencils, rules, etc. to t he proctor for transport to the
alternat e testi ng location.
Each student should bring a silent readi ng book to the alt ernate testing
location. The y are not allowed to leave the alternate testi ng site until the
entire group is finished, and onl y aft er notification is rec ei ved that thei r
homeroom is fi nished testing.
Proctors will read all test directions to students.
Classroom teachers should send student runners with the “We are
finished testing” pink slips to the appropri ate testing locations , so
proctors know students can return to t heir cl assrooms. Use t he same slips
each da y. P roctors, be sure the y are returned to the hom eroom teachers.
Proctors will accom pan y all students back to cl assrooms . P roctors will
carr y all student t est bookl ets and m at erials back t o the C LAS SROOM
TEACHER (s) so those booklets can rejoi n the class set.
The classroom t eacher will walk the cl ass set of mat eri als back to the
offi ce, si gned in, and locked in t he closet until the next testi ng session.
8. How are breaks/ disruptions handl ed?
In the event of an emergenc y (fire al arm sounds or other room -cl earing
event ), t eachers must LOCK THE R OOM BEHIND THEM i f t ests have
alread y been dist ributed to st udents. If t ests are in the room but have not
yet been distribut ed, teachers should either a) l ock t h e t ests i n a secure
place in the classroom or b) carr y the box of testing m aterial s to the
evacuation point . Al l teachers must be able to certif y t hat securit y was
maintained throughout the evacuation.
9. Extended time
Do not allow students to att end a lu nch period with ot her students i f the
lunch peri od occurs between the st art of the ori ginal session and the
Do not allow students to att end speci als in the middl e of a session.
No overnight extensions are allowed.
Do not allow students to return t o an unfinished secti on after indicating
the y have com plet ed that section.
Remember, a student who misses a secti on and then returns t o school must
start testing with the regularl y scheduled section for that day. Make -ups will
include the section missed.
10. How are accomm odations det ermined?
Based on IEP and 5 04 requirements and t hose that mirror the ongoing
adjustments and modifications used to optimize the l earning conditions
accordi ng to individual needs
Can incl ude use of scratch paper and hi ghlight ers
DIRECT IONS for al l assessments m a y be read aloud
Questions ma y be read al oud for m athem atics onl y for the sm all number
of students who m a y be in need of this accommodation
Your folder cont ains the complet e list of PDE approved accommodations
for all students
Contact m e i f you are unsure about the appropriat eness of an
11. Make-up t ests
At the end of each t esting section, compl ete the blue m ake -up forms with
the name(s) of students who missed that portion of the test.
Return thi s hal f sheet to Kath y Trofe at t he end of the testing session.
You will be notified as soon as make -ups are scheduled.