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Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards.  These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.  School districts possess the freedom to design curriculum and instruction to ensure that students meet or exceed the standards' expectations.

Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 is assessed in English Language Arts and Math.  Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science.

Individual student scores, provided only to their respective schools, can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.

In compliance with  §4.51(a)(4) of the PA School Code the State Board of Education approved, "specific criteria for advanced, proficient, basic and below basic levels of performance."

Getting Ready for 2020

Getting Ready will be presented by PDE on October 17 at 9:00 AM. The webinar will focus on the PSSA, Keystone Exams, and PASA for the 2019-2020 school year.

When: Oct 17, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Getting Ready for the PSSA and Keystone Exams 2019-2020
Register in advance for this webinar

Accommodations for the 2020 State Assessments Webinar

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 1-3 p.m.
Join the webinar at the scheduled time.

If you experience issues joining the webinar, please contact Sharon Kennedy at 800-360-7282 or

Getting Ready for 2019