Dear Parent/Guardian:

                 Standardized tests are more common today than ever before.  These assessments are used to measure your child’s achievement, and to tell us which skills your child needs to improve.  Results of these tests are also used to evaluate our district’s and building’s performance. Thus, it is important to all involved for every child to do well on these tests.


                All WJH students will be taking the Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) in April.

                All grade 8 Algebra I students are also required to take the Keystone Exam in May.


                You can help by making sure your child is present in school daily.  Also, good health allows for good test scores.  You can get your child in the habit of eating breakfast, getting enough sleep at night, and encouraging physical activity every day.  All these activities have been shown to improve academic performance.

                 Some easy test taking tips you can remind your child about are 1) listening and following directions, 2) skimming over the test to allow time for longer questions at the end, and 3) reminding him/her to skip over difficult questions and answer those he/she knows first.

                 As a team, we can help further your child’s success and achievement throughout the school years.  And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


    Thank you, 

    WJHS Guidance Department