Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
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.
Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS)
Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) is a statistical analysis of Pennsylvania (PA) state assessment data, and provides Pennsylvania districts and schools with growth data to add to achievement data. This lens of measuring student learning provides educators with valuable information to ensure they are meeting the academic needs of groups of students and making sure students are on the path to proficiency and beyond. For more information on PVAAS and to see how NASD schools performed, visit https://pvaas.sas.com/ Parents can access PVAAS information through the Public Access button.
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, English Literature and Biology. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's statewide high school graduation requirements beginning with the graduating class of 2022. Every Pennsylvania student must take the Keystone exams in each of these three tested subjects and demonstrate proficiency by their Junior year. For more information on Pennsylvania Statewide graduation requirements and Keystone exams, please visit https://goo.gl/TsSYa1.
Future Ready PA Index
The Future Ready PA Index is a tool created by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to report on multiple measures of school performance across different groups of students within a school. These measures focus on areas such as:
- State Assessment Measures:
- Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
- Keystone exams
- Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) growth data
- On-Track Measures:
- English Language Proficiency
- Regular attendance
- Early Indicators of Success:
- Grade 3 Reading performance
- Grade 7 Math performance
- College and Career Measures:
- Career Standards benchmark
- High school graduation rate
- Industry-Based Learning assessments
- Rigorous Courses of Study
- Posy Secondary Transition to School, Military, or Work
To view the Nazareth Area School District schools’ performance on the Future Ready PA Index, visit https://futurereadypa.org/.
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