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Braille and Video Sign Language Accommodated Item and Scoring Sampler

The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides districts and schools with item and scoring samplers for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and the Keystone Exams. These item and scoring samplers are tools to assist in delivering focused instructional programs aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards (PAS). 


The sampler items are assembled into a Braille booklet to assist students who will use the Unified English Braille accommodation. To receive a copy of the Braille item sampler, contact the AIM center at (A request could take up to three weeks to process.) 

***For 2018/2019, the Braille Item Samplers are in the process of being updated to match the revised item samplers. PSSA Braille item sample booklets will be available by November 19, 2018 while the Keystone Braille item sample booklets will be available by January 2. 

Video Sign Language 

To assist students using the Video Sign Language accommodation, a Video Sign Language format of the item samplers has been produced for each grade and/or subject. 

The Video Sign Language dashboard should be used in conjunction with the item and scoring samplers.