PSSA Testing

Students in Grades 3-8 are required to participate in the Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment (PSSA).  Tested grades are listed here:

3rd Grade English Language Arts & Math
4th Grade English Language Arts, Math, and Science
5th Grade English Language Arts & Math
6th Grade English Language Arts & Math
7th Grade English Language Arts & Math
8th Grade English Language Arts, Math, and Science

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What is the PSSA?
The PSSA is a state assessment in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and Science given each year to Pennsylvania‘s public school students to measure students‘ achievement of the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchor Content Standards in grades 3-8.

How were items chosen for the PSSA?
All items were written by experienced content experts, field-tested by Pennsylvania students, and scored by teams of experienced trained readers with at least a four-year degree and a strong content-specific background. All items have been reviewed by committees of Pennsylvania teachers to determine their appropriateness for each grade level. Items were chosen based on professional experience and knowledge of the most commonly made mistakes by students at each level.

 Where can I obtain more information on the PSSA?
From the PDE website:

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/Pennsylvania_System_of_School _Assessment_(PSSA)/8757.