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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.

 

2017 PSSA and Keystone results

2017 PSSA Mathematics Results
 
​Grade ​Total Number % Advanced​ %​ Proficient​ % Basic​ % Below Basic % Advanced/Proficient
​3 125205 26.0 28.4 19.7 25.9 54.5
​4 ​125575 ​18.1 ​28.5 ​27.3 ​26.1 ​46.6
​5 ​124405 ​16.2 ​27.5 ​31.4 ​24.8 ​43.8
​6 ​123112 ​14.1 ​26.1 ​30.6 ​29.1 ​40.3
​7 ​125584 ​15.7 ​22.1 ​25.2 ​37.0 ​37.8
​8 ​123271 ​10.6 ​21.9 ​27.8 ​39.7 ​32.5
2017 PSSA English Language Arts Results
 
Grade ​Total Number % Advanced​ %​ Proficient​ % Basic​ % Below Basic % Advanced/Proficient
​3 124923 17.1 47.6 23.3 12.1 64.6
​4 ​125200 25.7 35.3 28.2 10.9 60.9
​5 ​124183 16.4 43.2 28.9 11.5 59.6
​6 ​123170 22.2 41.4 29.5 6.9 63.6
​7 ​125744 19.3 40.1 36.9 3.6 59.5
​8 ​123653 15.9 42.9 30.6 10.5 58.9
2017 PSSA Science Results
 
​Grade ​Total Number % Advanced​ %​ Proficient​ % Basic​ % Below Basic % Advanced/Proficient
​4 125488​ ​33.0 ​41.6 ​20.2 ​5.3 7​4.5​
​8 ​122716 ​21.2 ​31.5 ​22.4 ​25.0 ​52.7
2017 Keystone Results
 
    Subject ​Grade Total  number %
    Advanced
    %
    Proficient
    %
    Basic
    %
    Below Basic
    % Advanced/Proficient
    Algebra I ​11 123648 22.2 43.4 24.5 9.9 65.6
    Literature ​11 122697 8.8 63.9 19.6 7.7 72.7
    Biology ​11 122518 27.6 35.9 20.5 16.0 63.4

2016 PSSA and Keystone Results

2015 PSSA Results

Performance Level Descriptors and Cut Scores

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