Students Offer Inspiration to Peers Taking PSSA Exams

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SOUTH CENTRE TOWNSHIP -- Many students in our area are getting ready to take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment or PSSA tests.

Third-grade and fourth -grade students at Central Columbia Elementary School near Bloomsburg are ready to take the PSSA standardized tests next week.

The school even held a pep rally to motivate the children but what they weren't prepared for was a flash mob! Around 75 eighth-graders from Central Columbia Middle School surprised the students by singing, dancing, and cheering them on as they prepare to take the tests.

The eighth-graders told the youngsters, "we are all in this together."

PSSA tests are a key way the state measures the success of schools.

"It's always a good experience to help kids be confident about themselves and not be too torn apart about how scared they can be," said eighth-grader Margo Mensch.

The eighth-graders will also be taking PSSA tests next month so they know what it's like. They offered some advice to the third-and fourth-graders.

"To get a good night's sleep the night before so you're energized and to eat a good breakfast, focus on all the questions and make sure you read them all carefully," advised Alaina Humphrey.

Teachers believe the flash mob will have a lasting impact because the younger children look up to the eighth-graders.


  • Glorious

    This obsession with PSSA testing is out of hand. The amount of time school districts force students to spend practicing taking tests is ludicrous and has no positive correlation to student success later on.

    One study — involving 123,000 students at 33 colleges and universities of varying types — found that high school grades do predict student success. And this extends to those who do better or worse than expected on standardized exams. So those students with low high school grades but high test scores generally receive low college grades, while those with high grades in high school, but low test scores, generally receive high grades in college.

    Google this to see what one of the highest ranked countries in education does:
    Standardized Testing A Foreign Concept In Finland With World’s Top Students

  • whatever831

    Our school has an entire week of planned activities after testing times, each day a new activity and special treats. I think it’s great to motivate the kids for the testing! Also, no homework the week of the tests, so stress free evenings!

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