The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, also known as PSSA, measures how well students have achieved in reading, mathematics, science and writing according to Pennsylvania’s world-class academic standards. By using these standards, educators, parents and administrators can evaluate their students’ strengths and weaknesses to increase students’ achievement scores. Students in Jenkintown Middle/High School take PSSA Assessments in 7th and 8th grade. In 7th grade, students take assessments in reading and math. In 8th grade, students take assessments in reading, math, writing, and science.
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Literature, and Biology,
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s new system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.
Students in grades 10 and 11 take the PSAT Assessment in October. This assessment is given to all 10th and 11th graders free of charge.
Jenkintown Middle/High School encourages all students to take the SAT or ACT assessments as preparation for the college application process. In recent years, Jenkintown High School students have consistently scored in the top 5 % of students in the state of Pennsylvania on these assessments.
AP – Advanced Placement
Jenkintown Middle/High School offers Advanced Placement Courses and AP Exams in the following areas: AP US History, AP English Literature, AP English Composition, AP French, AP Calculus AB, AP Physics C, AP Physics – M&E, AP Studio Art, AP Art- Drawing
World Language Oral Proficiency Assessments
Students in Levels III, IV, and V of the French or Spanish program are administered an oral proficiency assessment at the end of the school year. The assessments are facilitated by independent experts in the areas of Spanish and French. The results are used to measure the effectiveness of the existing curriculum and to make necessary changes.