PSSA Information

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a program based on academic standards that measures what students are able to do at different grade levels. Adopted in 1999, the PSSA measures standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and for Mathematics. The table below details what standards are tested at each grade level:

Reading Math Writing Science
Grade Yes Yes No No
Grade 4 Yes Yes No Yes
Grade 5 Yes Yes Yes No
Grade 6 Yes Yes No No
Grade 7 Yes Yes No No
Grade 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grade 9 Yes Yes Yes Yes

Because the PSSA tests are so important in measuring the progress of both students and their schools, parents should make every effort to have their children in school on the days the tests are given. Help your child be prepared for the PSSA tests by encouraging a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast.

Scoring
Individual student scores, provided only to their respective schools, can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning. Scoring criteria is as follows:

Advanced
The Advanced Level reflects superior academic performance. Advanced work indicates an in-depth understanding and exemplary display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards.

Proficient
The Proficient Level reflects satisfactory academic performance. Proficient work indicates a solid understanding and adequate display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards.

Basic
The Basic Level reflects marginal academic performance. Basic work indicates a partial understanding and limited display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards. This work is approaching satisfactory performance, but has not been reached. There is a need for additional instructional opportunities and/or increased student academic commitment to achieve the Proficient Level.

Below Basic
The Below Basic Level reflects inadequate academic performance. Below Basic work indicates little understanding and minimal display of the skills included in the Pennsylvania Academic Content Standards. There is a major need for additional instructional opportunities and/or increased student academic commitment to achieve the Proficient Level.

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