PSSA & Keystone Exams

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is an annual assessment administered in commonwealth classrooms in grades 3 through 8, and in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Pennsylvania adopted more rigorous PA Core Standards in late 2013 and the 2015 PSSA marks the first time the assessment was fully-aligned to the standards. These new, more rigorous standards aim to better prepare students for the 21st century work force.

Assessment scores represent a snapshot in time of student performance, and should not be considered the sole indicator of student achievement. Standardized assessments, like the PSSA, help Pennsylvania meet federal and state requirements, as well as provide educators, stakeholders, and policymakers with important information about the commonwealth’s students and schools, and inform instructional practices.

For more information, go to the PA Department of Education website.


Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, and Civics and Government.

The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.

For more information, go to the PA Department of Education website.

PSSA Testing Window 2020-2021

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

* Early reporting materials return deadline is April 30. Districts may receive early reporting for all materials shipped by April 30. Regular reporting will be available for the materials shipped after April 30.

 

PSSA Testing Window 2021-2022

​English Language Arts ​April 25-29, 2022 ​Grades 3-8
​Mathematics, Science and Make-ups ​May 2-13, 2022 ​Grades 3-8


PSSA Testing Window 2022-2023

​English Language Arts ​April 24-28, 2023 ​Grades 3-8
​Mathematics, Science and Make-ups ​May 1-12, 2023 ​Grades 3-8

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Testing Window for the Keystone Exams 2020-2021

​Summer ​Delayed September 28 - October 2, 2020
​Winter Wave 1 December 1-15, 2020
​Winter Wave 2 January 4-15, 2021
​Spring May 17-28, 2021
​Summer July 26-30, 2021
 

Testing Window for the Keystone Exams 2021-2022

​Winter Wave 1 December 1-15, 2021
​Winter Wave 2 January 3-14, 2022
​Spring May 16-27, 2022
​Summer July 25-29, 2022
 

Testing Window for the Keystone Exams 2022-2023

​Winter Wave 1 ​December 5-16, 2022
​Winter Wave 2 ​January 4-18, 2023
​Spring ​May 15-26, 2023
​Summer ​July 24-28, 2023