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PSSA Results

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, also known as PSSA, measures how well students have achieved in reading, mathematics, science and writing according to Pennsylvania's world-class academic standards.  By using these standards, educators, parents and administrators can evaluate their students' strengths and weaknesses to increase students' achievement scores.
 
According to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students must be 100% proficient in reading and math by 2014.  The PSSA results allow schools and districts to evaluate their students' progress to make full proficiency a reality.  The federal No Child Left Behind Act also requires states to determine annually whether schools and districts in Pennsylvania make Adequate Yearly Progress, also known as AYP.  Performance and participation on the PSSA are among the components used to make AYP determinations.   

Results

PSSA Mathematics Results
Grade Total  number % Below Basic % Basic % Proficient % Advanced % Advanced/Proficient
3rd grade 124642 24.6 21 28.1 26.3 54.4
4th grade 123651 27.6 25.9 26.7 19.9 46.6
5th grade 122776 28 27.6 25.9 18.5 44.4
6th grade 125088 30.1 28.8 24.2 16.9 41.1
7th grade 124781 34.9 28.1 23.7 13.3 37.0
8th grade 123003 40.2 28.6 20.8 10.5 31.2
 
PSSA English Language Arts Results
Grade Total number % Below Basic % Basic % Proficient % Advanced % Advanced/Proficient
3rd grade 124507 13.6 25.5 45.7 15.2 60.9
4th grade 123308 12.2 29.1 34.0 24.7 58.7
5th grade 122662 14.1 24.4 45.3 16.2 61.5
6th grade 125047 8.6 29.8 38.9 22.7 61.7
7th grade 124784 5.0 33.5 43.3 18.2 61.5
8th grade 123100 11.3 30.4 40.9 17.5 58.4
 
PSSA Science Results
Grade Total number % Below Basic % Basic % Proficient % Advanced % Advanced/Proficient
3rd grade NA         NA
4th grade 123527 11.6 12.1 36.7 39.5 76.2
5th grade NA         NA
6th grade NA         NA
7th grade NA         NA
8th grade 122782 25.5 16.8 30.4 27.3 57.7

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