The PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) tests measure the ability of the students to attain academic standards in specific learning domains. They are given annually in the spring months. This year, the PSSA's will be given to students in grades 3 through 8.
Content by grade level:
3rd Grade: Reading, Math 4th Grade: Reading, Math, Science 5th Grade: Reading, Math, Writing 6th Grade: Reading, Math 7th Grade: Reading, Math 8th Grade: Reading, Math, Writing, Science
The tests are then scored using 4 level descriptors:
Below Basic - inadequate academic performance; little understanding of content Basic - marginal academic performance; partial understanding of content Proficient - satisfactory academic performance; good understanding of content Advanced - superior academic performace; in-depth understanding of content