1. Utilize (where appropriate) common planning time, grade level team meetings and duty periods as student
intervention periods focused on eligible content. Teachers facilitating the intervention periods utilize PSSA
materials provided by the coach as appropriate for students needs. Students should be prioritized for
interventions based on eligible content needs and removed (on a rotating basis, for a short period of time) from
lower priority content areas.
2. Utilize (where appropriate) ESEP time (morning meeting time) to offer early morning tutoring for students
focused on eligible content using Compass Learning, Study Island, PSSA coach books and curricular materials.
3. Incorporate Compass Learning, PSSA Coach Book, Kaplan Achievement Planner and other PSSA preparation
materials into the K-8 social studies classes twice per week (and into writers workshop in ALA schools).
4. During EAP/after-school programs offer sessions focused specifically around eligible content remediation using
eligible content aligned resources such as Compass Learning, PSSA Virtual Tutor, Study Island, PSSA coach
books, Kaplan Achievement Planner. Refer to revised PSSA Countdown EAP programming guide.
5. Conduct individual student conferences around Assessment Profile using RTI 4sight data, PVAAS, Benchmark
Data, etc. by administrative team with personalized, motivational message.
6. Conduct whole class presentations regarding PSSA test taking strategies, test anxiety and the importance of
test. Also, share testing schedule with students and provide a test blueprint to students including the number of
multiple choice, number of open-ended, etc. These classroom presentations should be conducted by
administrators, curriculum coaches and teachers.
7. Mail home to parents a PSSA letter and AlertNow messages regarding test preparation, testing dates, testing
schedule, testing times and strategies to prepare students at home. Provide homework packets utilizing PSSA
resources including PSSA Coach Books, PDE website item samplers, PSSA Virtual Tutor, SAT Online,
curricular materials, etc. individualized to student eligible content needs.
8. Utilize differentiated flexible groupings based on student skill deficits on PSSA eligible content in math and
9. Emphasis by all content teachers testing importance and reinforcing eligible content using PSSA formats,
prompts, vocabulary, PSSA question stems, etc. PSSA warm-up & practice with assessment anchors that are
the lowest in math and reading and impromptu PSSA challenges initiated by administration.
10. Utilize supplemental programs (eligible content aligned) such as Study Island, Compass Learning, PSSA Virtual
Tutor, SAT Online, and other PSSA preparation materials (PSSA Coach Books, etc.) during recess/lunch
periods, morning programs, after school programs, Saturday programs and/or during elective periods/related
11. Focus on student incentives and rewards such as PSSA Pep Assemblies with motivational speaker and
message, planning of PSSA reward activities if attendance and participation targets are met.
12. Daily announcements from principal regarding the importance of testing including one test strategy per day and
PSSA challenge or other incentive/motivational strategies (PSSA challenge bowls, PSSA Friday Challenges
connected to Spirit Days).