Statewide Assessments and Accountability

Pennsylvania Statewide Assessments and Accountability

The Pennsylvania state assessment and accountability system is composed of assessments and the reporting associated with the results of those assessments. The assessment system includes the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the Keystone Exams, and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).
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  • The PSSAs are grade level assessments offered in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics and Science. 
  • The Keystone Exams are offered in high school at the completion of Biology, Algebra, and Literature courses. 
  • The PASA is offered in grades 3-8 and 11 in ELA, Mathematics and Science.  Both the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act require students with disabilities to be included in the state assessment and accountability system.  Most students with disabilities will participate in the PSSA or Keystone Exams with or without accommodations.  A very small number of students with the most significant disabilities will meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the PASA.