January 21, 2020
Re: Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA)
The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) is a statewide alternate assessment designed for students with special needs who are unable to participate meaningfully in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) even with accommodations. The PASA is an individually administered test given each spring to students by their teacher or another certified Test Administrator. The Wissahickon School District will be administering the assessment between February 24, 2020 and April 10, 2020.
Under the new guidelines, school districts will not be required to video record and upload the performance of students into the PASA Digital system. School districts will continue to be required to enter student responses online. Therefore, school districts will not send parents/guardians consent forms as they are not applicable. This letter serves as your notice that the PASA will be administered to your child(ren).
Finally, it is not the role of the IEP team or school district to determine whether a student will opt out of a state assessment based upon religious beliefs pursuant to 22 Pa. Code #4.4. If a parent/guardian feels the state assessment is in conflict with their religious beliefs, the parent/guardian must follow the process for opting the student out of the state assessment.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the administration of the PASA for your child, please do not hesitate to call your child’s IEP case manager and/or principal.
Dr. Kelle Heim-McCloskey
Director of Student Services
Wissahickon School District