The California Area School District recognizes that a system of assessment and evaluation of student performance can assist the students, teachers, and parents to regularly monitor the students' progress in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. The process of evaluating student performance must be based on clearly defined evaluation criteria referenced to the District's curricular objectives. It must be valid, accurate, and reliable. Student performance will be benchmarked against state, national and international standards, as well as standardized achievement tests.
Through the use of standardized testing, California Area School District is able to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of its curriculum. Currently, the district's implementation of and the students' mastery of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards is assessed through PSSA assessments in reading / language arts, mathematics and writing. The PSSA tests are given each year. In 2007-2008, science and technology will also be assessed through the PSSA tests.
In addition, the School District also uses nationally-nor med standardized tests to gauge the strengths and the needs of its curricular program in several content areas. The concentration of assessment is in reading / language arts and mathematics in each year the standardized tests are given. Science and social studies skills are assessed in only certain years. The data provide added information in measuring the strength of student achievement mapped against a national curriculum. Visit PSSA Results (use city: Coal Center).
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
The annual PSSA is a standards based criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student's attainment of the academic standards. It also determines the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. For additional information, visit www.pde.state.pa.us
The California Area School District is proud of its students' achievements on the PSSA tests. To access our results as posted by the PA Department of Education.