PSSA/Keystone Exams

PSSA/Keystone Exam Information


PSSA/Keystone memos for parents/guardians (march 2017)


K-6 PSSA Memo for Central York School District Parents/Guardians

(Click the link to download and read a copy of the memo, sent home with all K-6 learners on March 21, 2017.)

7-12 Keystone Memo for Central York School District Parents/Guardians
(Click the link to download and read a copy of the memo, sent home with all 7-12 learners on March 21, 2017.)





Update: Impact of Recent STate LEgislation on Keystone Exams & Graduation Requirements for Central York School District 

Please read the following letter related to recently passed state legislation regarding standardized assessments and graduation requirements for Central York High School students. 

This information will also be shared (via email) with all Central York School District parents and guardians. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Grove, Assistant Superintendent, with any questions or concerns at rgrove@cysd.k12.pa.us or by calling (717) 846-6789, ext. 1210.

Letter - Keystone Changes (February 2016)

Graduation Chart (February 2016)


2017 pssa windows for Grades 3-12

The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards based criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student's attainment of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. PSSA tests will be administered at Central York School District on the dates listed below. The information obtained from these assessments serves as a valuable tool for planning future school programs, developing curriculum and in-service training of teachers, and informing the public about student achievement.  

  • April 3-7, 2017: PSSA English/Language Arts, Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 
  • April 24-28, 2017: PSSA Mathematics, Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • May 1-5, 2017: PSSA Science Grades 4 & 8

Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments that evaluate what students know and are able to do in core subject areas. The Central York School District will administer Keystone Exams to Central York Middle School and Central York High School students according to the following schedule. Please stay tuned for additional information. 

  • January 9-23, 2017 Keystone Exams for Algebra I, Biology and Literature (CYMS/CYHS)
  • May 15-26, 2017 Keystone Exams for Algebra I, Biology and Literature (CYMS/CYHS) 

Please note: The PSSA Make-Up Testing Window is May 8 through May 11, 2017.

Opting-Out of Assessments

Section 4.4 of Title 22, Chapter 4 provides for the rights of any parent or guardian to excuse his or her child from the state assessment if, upon inspection of the testing materials, they find the assessment to be in conflict with their religious beliefs. This is the only basis for a parent or guardian to excuse his or her child from the statewide assessments.

Central York School District PSSA/Keystone Assessment Review Process

  1. Parent/Guardian reviews the assessment.

  2. Parent/Guardian documents religious objection within a letter to the Superintendent of Schools.

  3. Superintendent of Schools approves/disapproves Parent/Guardian request. In cases of disapproval, Assistant Superintendent contacts Parent/Guardian providing notification of the determination.

  4. All “PSSA” Superintendent approval results in not taking the assessment.