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Standardized Tests Cancelled for 19-20 School Year

The state Department of Education has announced the cancellation of the PSSA and Keystone exams that are administered in select grades across the Commonwealth.

For students at Dauphin County Technical School, it was also announced that they are cancelling standardized testing for students in career and technical education programs, including the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Further, there are important changes to the SATs, ACTs, and AP Exams:

  • March and May administrations have been cancelled by College Board
  • June administration is still being offered at this time
  • LDHS has been approved to add the August 29 test date in order to help seniors facilitate testing earlier than October or November
  • April administration has been cancelled by ACT
  • June and July administrations are still being offered at this time
  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. 
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
  • The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details are expected to be available by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.
  • AP teachers will provide more information and resources for AP students as they become available.