Students across York County might be hoping all this snow means fewer tests this spring.

But the state has granted an extension to the PSSA testing, which ensures those tests will go on.

The state Department of Education extended the testing windows for the PSSA math, reading and writing tests in March by a week.

The decision came after talking with superintendents across the state about the numerous inclement weather days this year, and is an effort to allow school districts to prepare their students for the tests, said department spokesman Tim Eller.

The testing dates are now scheduled as follows:

•PSSA math and reading: March 17 to April 4 (this affects students in grades 3-8).

•PSSA writing: March 31 to April 11 (this affects students in grades 5 and 8).

School districts will decide on an individual basis whether to use the extensions. Central York School District is investigating what that means for its students and is working to finalize the testing schedule, said Julie Romig, spokeswoman for the district.

Dallastown is planning to use the extra week, said Assistant Superintendent Joshua Doll. The district will be sending out communication about how students in grades 3 through 8 will be affected, Doll said.

The PSSA tests for science and the Keystone exams will be taken as scheduled in April and May.

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