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HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Education said Thursday all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year will be canceled as a result of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).

The PASA testing window is open. However, all testing was halted on Monday, March 16, when all public schools closed.

“Our school communities are operating within unprecedented conditions,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Schools are making extraordinary efforts to remain connected to students and families, to provide food service and to put appropriate systems in place to continue student learning. Assessments should not be the focus of school leaders right now.

“To be clear, all assessments are cancelled for this year,” Rivera said.

“The department will submit the requisite waivers to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), but no schools in the Commonwealth will be administering these tests this year.”

The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs.

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