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2012 PSSA Testing Dates | BACK TO TOP |

PSSA Reading/Math: March 12, 2012 - March 23, 2012

PSSA Writing:
April 16, 2012 - April 20, 2012

PSSA Science: April 23, 2012 - April 27, 2012

Please note:
Temporary leaves of absence will not be approved for students who are to take this test during these testing periods.

Graduation Requirement:
All Pennsylvania High School students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics in order to receive a high school diploma. The PSSA test administered to high school juniors is a means by which proficiency in these areas is measured. According to school board policy, "Students who do not pass the State assessment in grade 11 must take the State assessment in grade 12. Students who do not pass the State assessment in grade 12 must pass the local assessment in order to graduate."

PSSA Math Tutoring | BACK TO TOP |

After School =>Starting Jan 11, 2012 from 3:00-4:00 in Rm A327

(Every Wed until March 7th)


Morning =>Starting Jan 10, 2012 from 7:00-7:30 in Rm A219

January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31

February 2, 7, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28 & 29

March 1, 6, 7 & 8

Study Island | BACK TO TOP |Study Island

Study Island is a comprehensive state assessment preparation program. This program is available to all Altoona Area High School students. It provides students with a customized electronic tutoring program along with immediate feedback! Do not delay here for login directions. If you have any problems with your login, please contact Mr. Falger in room B222.




School Improvement | BACK TO TOP |

Altoona Area School District teachers and administrators are aggressively addressing the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal legislation as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets for its students continue to increase.

The legislation requires 100 percent of all students to be proficient in both reading and mathematics by 2014.

Teachers and principals will continue to implement a variety of strategies including ABC weeks to enhance reading and 123 weeks and Word Problem Wednesdays for further math development. Before and after school tutoring will be implemented as well as co-teaching math and reading across the curriculum. In addition the faculty has been placed in resource teams and an increase in technology has been emphasized with the use of the Study Island Program.


Strategies | BACK TO TOP |

Some strategies which will be helpful to achieve proficient scores on the PSSA are as follows:

- Attend either before or after school tutoring.

- Actively work through the Study Island program.

- Get a good nights sleep the night before the test.

- Eat a good breakfast the morning before the test.

- Most importantly "Take it seriously".........every point counts!!




















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