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Determining student educational achievement through annual state testing

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Keystone Exams, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are statewide measures used to tell if students are achieving Pennsylvania’s academic standards in reading, mathematics, science and writing.

According to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students must be 100% proficient in reading and math by 2014. The PSSA results allow schools and districts to evaluate their students’ progress to make full proficiency a reality. The federal Act also requires states to determine annually whether schools and districts in Pennsylvania achieve AYP. Student performance on the PSSA tests are among the components used to make those determinations.

By using these standards, educators, parents and administrators can evaluate their students’ strengths and weaknesses to increase students’ achievement scores.

PNLV encourages parents and families to connect with your children’s school, and learn what you can do to support your child’s learning and performance for the upcoming 2014 PSSA, Keystone, and AYP.

To see Pennsylvania’s 2013 PSSA, AYP, and Keystone data, follow these links:

PSSA and AYP Data

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442

Keystone Results

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/keystone_exams/20436

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