Pennsylvania System of 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.
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.
Results can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities and provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.
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2020-2021 Testing Windows:
English Language Arts April 19-23, 2021 Grades 3-8
Mathematics, Science and Make-ups April 26-April 30, 2021 Grades 3-8
*Optional Additional Math, Science and Makeups* May 3-7, 2021 Grades 3-8