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​2020 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Technical Report

Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science

There is no Technical Report for 2020 PSSA.

The spring 2020 PSSA was cancelled in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No test materials were delivered to the Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for test administration; therefore, no tests were administered and there are no results to analyze for the 2020 PSSA. Additional analyses will be conducted following the spring 2021 PSSA administration to evaluate the impact of school closures and absence of a test administration in 2020. The results from these analyses will be included in the 2021 PSSA Technical Report.

Because the PSSA test materials were not delivered to the LEAs nor administered to students, the Pennsylvania Department of Education decided to not release form-level or item-level information in order to save items and/or forms for future use. Consequently, the sections of the technical report that identify specific information related to test construction and item development will not be released until the completion of the 2021 PSSA. A general description of the test-development process can still be obtained from the 2019 PSSA Technical Report. The test-development process did not change between 2019 and 2021; therefore, the information from the 2019 technical report is an accurate description of the process that was followed for the 2020 [2021] PSSA test forms.

The release of the 2021 PSSA Technical Report is scheduled for late 2021.