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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.

 

Assessment scores 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.

 

2016 PSSA and Keystone 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
 

Keystone Results

 
Subject Total  number % Below Basic % Basic % Proficient % Advanced % Advanced/Proficient
Algebra I 123525 8.4 23.3 47.6 20.6 68.2
Literature 123292 6.2 17.0 66.8 10.0 76.8
Biology 122602 14.5 19.7 38.7 27.1 65.8
 

2015 PSSA Results

Performance Level Descriptors and Cut Scores

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