John H. Taggart School K-8

Mr. Nelson Reyes

400 W. Porter Street
Philadelphia PA 19148
Phone: 215-952-6228

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.

John H. Taggart


In an era of cell phones, smart phones and other electronic devices which can be easily used to photograph and instantly share photographs, confidential and secrue test materials can be easily compromised.  It is expensive to replace a test item as well as these items being copyrighted. Taking photographs of this secure assessment is a violation of 17 USC 101et seq. and will result in a fine of no less than $750.00-$30,000. 

Cell Phones, smartphones,smartwatches, e readers, nooks, kindles, ipods, tablets, tablets, camera ready devices and ANY othe electronic devices that can be used to photograph and have access to the internet or a way to communicate to groups of others may NOT be in possession during the test and will result in consequences.  

You will be contacted by the school if your child is doscovered having possession of or using an electronic device in his or her possession during a PSSA or keystone test. School discipline policy will be enforced and the test will be invalidated.  The student will have to re take the entire test.  The student's phone will be held by staff until photographs and other functions will be examined with your permission.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education will be notified and further action will be taken. 

If, after the test is complete and test materials have been returned, it is discovered that a student used and or had any kind of electronic device, the school's discipline policy will be followed and the student's score will be invalidated. 

General Information about the PSSA

Information for Parents or Guardians for PSSA

General information

Which schools participate?

All schools and charter schools pareticipate in the assessments. Non public and private school may also participate on a voluntary basis. 

 Which students take the assessments?

Except for a very few students who meet specific criteria for participation in an alternative assessment, ALL students are included in the assessments as outlines below: 

ELA and Math grades 3,4,5,6,7,8

Science-Grade 4 and 8

Who decided what the assessments should measure?

 Groups of educators from all levels of education in Pennsylvania chose the areas of knowledge and skills upon which the assessments are based.  The groups included teachers, supervisors, curriculum directors, and college specialists.  They also reviewed, edited and approved the test items. 

Who administers the assessments?

Each school chooses the person/ persons who will administer the assessments.  In most cases, these are the teachers in the student's building.

How are the results reported?

 Two copies of the individual student reportfor all the assessments will be sent to all schools and districts that participate for distribution to parents, teachers, school counselors and/or principals.  The state will not receive any report with individual student names. 

Report Testing Irregularities

Parents/guardians who believe that a testing irregularity may have occurred may call 844-418-4651 to report the incident. 


ELA PSSA Information

How long does the assessment take?

The entire ELA assessment takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete.  

What does the assessment include?

Each student completes four sections of questions for English Language arts.  Some portions will be the same for students, and some will consist of different groups of questions. 

What types of questions are on the assessment?

Students respond to multiple choice questions, evidence based selected response, and constructed response questions. 

Multiple choice- Chose the correct answer from four choices.

Evidence based selected response- Two part question in which the select one ot more answers for each part. 

Constructed response- may include a writing prompt, (grade 3) shoort answer in order to provide a brief response and support their answer.

(grades 4-8) text dependent analysis.  Students will compose a reponse using Narrative, informative or opinion.

(grades6-8) argumentative

How are written response items scored?

They are scored by evaluators trained in applying ELA specific scoring guidelines. 

Short answer- based only on content.

Writing prompts-- scored by a holistic guideline that includes composition and convention skills. 

Text dependent analysis --scored on content and writing skills.

What is assessed in ELA ?

The ELA assessment address sic=x major reporting categories as well as two text types.  Students read a number of passages from literature and respond to questions about these passages. The assessment also includes the writing piece mentioned above. 

Math Pssa Information

How long does the assessment take?


The assessment takes 3-4 hours to complete.

What does the assessment include?

Each student completes 3 sections.  Some portions may be the same and some portions will have a different group of questions.

What types of questions are on the assessment?

Students respond to two types of questions: ultiple choice and open ended.

Multiple choice- Student will choose the correct answer from four options.

Open ended-students must provide details in support of their answers.

How are open ended responses scored? 

They are scored by evaluators trained in applying math specific scoring guidelines.  They are scored on content only.

What is assessed in Math?

 There are five major reporting categories across four clusters.

Grades 4-8 respond to questions without a calculator.  

open ended questions require students to show how they solved a problem. 


Science PSSA information

How long does the assessment take?

2-4 hours to complete

What does the assessment include?

Two sections of multiple choice and open ended response questions. 

What types of questions are on the assessment?

Multiple Choice--student will choose the correct answer from four options.

open ended-- students must compose a written response. 


What is a science scenario?

It contains text, graphics, charts or tables and uses these elements to describe the results of a class project or an experiement or similiar research. 

How are the written responses scored?

They are scored by evaluators trained in applying a science specific scoring guideline.  They are graded on content only.

What is assessed in science?

The nature of science

Biologival studies

physical sciences

Earth and space


Message from the Principal's Office

Welcome to the John H. Taggart School. 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to The John H. Taggart School. While we are a large elementary school, our dedicated staff works very hard to meet the individual needs of all students, and maintain personal connections with their families.

We invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, or attending and supporting school events. Research clearly supports that when parents/guardians participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for the child. 

We truly believe that communication is the key to a successful educational experience. Together, we will continue to improve the quality of our school community and provide the best for the children of Taggart School. Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and community.   All children are more successful when we work as a team to achieve educational goals.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.



Nelson R. Reyes


Points of Pride

  • Fully upgraded Tech Lab
  • Chrome Books 6-8
  • First in Math 2-8
  • Renaissance reading and math-8
  • Laptop/iPad carts - Grades 6-8
  • Children's Literacy Initiative K-3
  • Bilingual Counseling Services
  • Full time School Counselor
  • On-site Registered School Nurse


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March 31- Professional Development Day EARLY DISMISSAL 12:09PM

 4/3- 4/7  PSSA ELA GRADES 3-8



4/24-4/28  PSSA MATH Grade 3-8


Pre-k registration has begun for September 2017

Cell Phone / Electronic Device Policy

 If a student brings a beeper, cell phone, or electronic device to school and it is observed in use during school hours, the device will be confiscated and returned only to the parent or guardian of the student. However, upon a second violation or if the device is used during the commission of a crime the school will confiscate the device and it will not be returned. The principal may donate the item to charity or sell items with proceeds going to a school use.



Taggart Mission Statement

John H. Taggart’s mission is to collaboratively facilitate a culture of excellence and an enriching environment for lifelong learners.

Taggart Vision

We visualize John H. Taggart as an “Exemplary” role model for our diverse community. We foster trust, render elite services, and produce independent thinking citizens for the future.


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