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PSSA Errata Sheet for Spring 2019-2020

Materials Use in Spring 2020-2021

Directions for Administration Manuals
(ELA, Mathematics, and Science)

  1. The Directions for Administration Manuals (DFA) for 2019-2020 will be used in the spring of 2020-2021.

  2. The PSSA tests for 2019-2020 will be used in the spring of 2020-2021.

  3. DRC will provide all spring 2020-2021 PSSA materials (HAC, DFAs, and secure materials) in one shipment to LEAs rather than two shipments.

  4. New administrative materials (student labels, packing lists, return labels, etc.) were produced for the 2021 PSSA. As such, those materials will display the year as 2021 instead of 2020. This is different from the testing materials (booklets, reference sheets, DFAs, handbook).

  5. page 1 - Prior to administering a PSSA assessment, TAs are to become thoroughly familiar with the Directions for Administration Manual and procedures for the assessment in which he/she will be administering.

  6. page 1 - The PSSA administration window was changed to April 19 to September 30, 2021. As in the past, the PSSA subjects are to be administered in order starting with ELA, followed by mathematics, then science. Early reporting will not be provided for the 2020-2021 school year.

    The PASA administration window was changed to March 8 to May 7, 2021.

  7. page 1 -

    The point of contact for the Topic or Subject “Math, Keystone Exam Algebra I and General Testing Questions” should be Diane Simaska – 717-346-8064, and her email is dsimaska@pa.gov.

    The email address for the Topic or Subject “Test Security/Irregularities” should be ra-edirregularities@pa.gov. (The same update applies to Appendix A.)

    The email address to ask questions or request help (listed in the paragraph below the contact information table) should be ra-ed-pssa-keystone@pa.gov. (The same update applies to Appendix A.)

  8. An “Opportunity to Learn Student Survey” has been included as part of the spring 2021 PSSA.

    1. PDE is requiring that schools administer the survey to students in grades 4-8 during the Mathematics assessment.

    2. For students taking the assessment via paper, school personnel must access the survey and instructions from either the PDE or DRC website (the survey is not included with the test materials). Schools have the flexibility to administer the survey through printed copies, a projected image, or read aloud. All test administrators are expected to administer the survey as determined by the school.

    3. Students will be asked to respond to the survey by filling in the supplemental data field on page 3 of the answer booklet. Because these are not secure test items, test administrators may provide as much assistance as needed to ensure students are able to understand and complete the survey.

    4. For students taking the assessment online, the “Opportunity to Learn Student Survey” will be presented through the online test engine.