In 1999, Pennsylvania adopted academic standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and for Mathematics. These standards 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.

PSSA and AYP Results

PSSA Resources

PDE Guidance Document
for Online Testing


Testing Calendars:

2013-14 PSSA Testing

PSSA Testing Calendar for
2014-15 and 2015-16

Preliminary PSSA Testing Windows for 2016-17 and 2017-18 (PDF)

Testing Accommodations:

2015 PSSA and Keystone Accommodations Guidelines (PDF)

2015 Accommodations Power Point Presentation (PDF)

2015 Accommodations Webinar

2014-15 Accommodations Guidelines for English Language Learners (PDF)

Pennsylvania Online
Calculator Manual

Pennsylvania Calculator Policy (PDF)

Other Materials:

Assessment Anchors

Test Administration Materials

PSSA Technical Reports

State Assessment Performance Level Descriptors and Cut Scores

Application for Educator
Assessment Committees

eMetric Updates for PSSA
Data Interaction

Archived Materials

The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student's attainment of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 is assessed in reading and math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 5, 8 and 11 is assessed in writing. 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 ยง4.51(b)(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 the 2015 State Assessments (PowerPoint)

Getting Ready for the 2015 State Assessments (Webinar Recording)

Resource Materials

Performance Level Descriptors and Cut Scores (All Grade/Subjects)

Mathematics Resources

English Language Arts Resources

Science Resources

Braille Resources

The Braille PSSA Item Samplers are now available in contracted braille format.

Item Samplers for students who will take the PSSA in Braille format are available and will need to be ordered by contacting Ms. Cathy Nadberazny at the PaTTAN AIM Center by phone at 1.800.360.7282 extension 3317 or by email at If possible, please return the Item Sampler that includes tactile graphics. An envelope with a return address is being sent so that the tactile graphics can be returned. Please note that no new items have been added since the 2010 Braille Item Samplers were released last year.

The samplers can be accessed below and are in a braille-ready file (.brf) format which can be embossed locally. The tactile graphics are available in a PDF format which can be reproduced with appropriate equipment (i.e., tactile image enhancer or PIAF) and specialized paper. Please note that these files do not contain any new or additional sample items. They are provided for the convenience of any LEA who may want to emboss locally.

Archived Resource Materials prior to current year

State Fiscal Stabilization Funds Information and Data
PSSA Individual Student Reports