Pennsylvania System School Assessment (PSSA)
The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, and educators 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 identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Literature, and Biology. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Keystone Exams were developed by the PA Department of Education and made available for use by school districts, AVTSs and charter schools.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's statewide high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.