PSSA Opt-Out Information
The protocol for parental request for exclusion from the assessment is as follows:
• Assessments will be available for review by parents and guardians. The assessment must be reviewed on district property and district personnel must be present at all times. Districts must provide a convenient time for the review (see below).
• Parents and guardians must sign the Parent Confidentiality Agreement. Parents and guardians may not photocopy, write down, or in any other manner record any portion of the assessments, including directions.
• If after reviewing the test parents/guardians find the test to be in conflict with their religious beliefs and wish their student(s) to be excused from the test, the parents/guardians must provide a written request that states the objection to the Superintendent or Chief Executive Officer.
• If the student is excused from the assessment due to parental or guardian request, school personnel must provide an alternative learning environment for the student during the assessment.
The 2019 PSSA testing window begins Monday, April 22, 2019.
Tests can be viewed from April 8th until April 12th.
No opt-outs will be accepted after April 12th.
More information on the opt-out can be found here (external link to PA Department of Education information web site).