ASSESSMENTS AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
For questions about Student Assessments, please contact your school’s Guidance Counselor.
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standard-aligned state assessment required for every student in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The PSSA includes testing in the areas of English language arts, mathematics and science. It should be noted that only 4th and 8th graders are testing in science. Testing takes place during the April timeframe.
Additional information about PSSA testing will be provided as the testing window gets closer.
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to measure proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Literature, and Biology. There are four established performance levels which include Advanced, Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic. The scores determine the school’s rating on the School Performance Profile website. Assessment scores represent a snapshot in time of student performance, and should not be considered the sole indicator of student achievement. Standardized assessments help Pennsylvania meet federal and state requirements, as well as provide educators, stakeholders, and policymakers with important information about the Commonwealth’s students and schools, and inform instructional practices. The Upper Dauphin Area School District reserves the right to modify student schedules based on past performance on these types of assessments, and others measures, in order to provide academic intervention and support growth and achievement.
The Upper Dauphin Area School District uses the following grading system for its courses:
A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 75-84
D = 65-74
F = Below 65
Some minor courses use a P (Pass)/F (Fail) system for grading.
Information about Grade Point Averages (GPA) and GPA calculations can be found in the UDAHS Program of Studies for a given school-year.
In order to be eligible for graduation from the Upper Dauphin Area High School, a student must have successfully passed twenty-four (24) credits in grades nine through twelve. Those credits must include the following:
English – 4 Credits
Mathematics – 4 Credits
Science – 3 Credits
Social Studies – 4 Credits
Wellness – 2.5 Credits
Electives – 6.5 Credits
In addition to credit requirements, all students must submit an approved, acceptable graduation project. The purpose of the projects is to give students an opportunity to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information and communicate significant knowledge and understanding. At Upper Dauphin Area these projects are career-related and include research, a presentation, resume writing, and an interview.