As the temperatures heat up, the time for standardized testing nears for students across the country. While some schools may have been able to push their exams back a few weeks because of all the snow they had, many institutions are beginning to distribute the standardized tests.
Students in Pennsylvania are gearing up for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSAs) with a significant amount of pressure, according to the Bucks County Courier Times. The news provider reports that the No Child Left Behind Act stipulates that schools must see a 100 percent improvement in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by 2014.
Parents have been getting involved in helping students prepare for the exams, as schools with underperforming scores could face action from the government.
The Erie Times-News reports that educators have been stressing the importance to students to take these exams seriously.
"A lot of the preparation is sending the message that this is important," Millcreek schools superintendent Michael Golde told the news provider. "When you explain that to the students, I believe they understand."