In recognizing that student performance will be benchmarked against state, national and international standards, as well as standardized achievement tests, the New Castle Area School District acknowledges that a system of assessment and evaluation of student performance can assist the students, teachers, and parents with the following:
- regularly monitoring the students' progress in the successful acquisition of particular skills and knowledge.
- providing aid in determining a student’s perceived ability or readiness to learn.
- identifying academic weaknesses and strengths so that educators can provide specialized academic support.
PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment)
The PSSA tests are administered each year in the areas of math, reading, writing, and science. Currently, students in grades 3 through 8 are assessed in reading and math; students in grades 5 and 8 are assessed in writing; and student in grades 4 and 8 are assessed in science.
Keystone Exams are given to students at the High School and Junior High School levels. Keystones are end of course assessments given as students complete Algebra, Biology and 10th grade Literature.