Statistics on children, youth and families in Pennsylvania from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) - Grade 5 math test scores by proficiency level in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) - Grade 5 math test scores by proficiency level
Why This Indicator Matters
 Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2022). Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Assessment%20and%20Accountability/PSSA/Pages/default.aspx
 Time 4 Learning. (2022). Pennsylvania PSSA Test Prep. https://www.time4learning.com/testprep/pennsylvania-standardized-test-prep/
 School District of Philadelphia. (2022). PSSA: The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. https://www.philasd.org/era/wp-content/uploads/sites/865/2022/04/PSSA_Parent_Guide.pdf
Definition and Source
District and school level results are also available.
In 2014-15, there were changes to the reading, writing and math PSSAs to reflect that these tests are now aligned to the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards. Implementing the stronger academic standards and measuring how well students are doing on the more challenging PSSA tests resulted in an initial decline in test scores when they were released. This drop in scores was not unexpected and should not be interpreted as a decline in student learning or teacher performance. It simply means Pennsylvania is recalibrating expectations and raising the bar for student achievement to ensure our kids are on a pathway to graduate from high school post-secondary and workforce ready.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, statewide PSSA & Keystone assessments were cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, Pennsylvania, like many states across the nation, afforded school entities the option to administer assessments at any time between the traditional spring window and the following fall to allow for flexibility as schools navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the test results will not be used for educator evaluations and the variability in testing periods, sharply reduced student participation rates, and other factors make comparisons between school entities and across school years improper. Given these circumstances, the results should not be viewed as a complete, representative sample of all students in the commonwealth and will not be available.