The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
is an annual assessment administered in commonwealth classrooms in grades 3
through 8, and in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Pennsylvania adopted more
rigorous PA Core Standards in late 2013 and the 2015 PSSA marks the first time
the assessment was fully-aligned to the standards. These new, more rigorous
standards aim to better prepare
students for the 21st century work force.
represent a snapshot in time of student performance, and should not be considered
the sole indicator of student achievement. Standardized assessments, like the
PSSA, help Pennsylvania meet federal and state requirements, as well as provide
educators, stakeholders, and policymakers with important information about the
commonwealth’s students and schools, and inform instructional practices.
Performance Level Descriptors and Cut Scores