This week the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released results from the 2022-23 school year administration of state-level assessments: the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA), and Keystone Exams. PDE notes that this year’s results show that overall statewide achievement continues to improve across all subject areas and is consistent with gains seen in other states.
English Language Arts proficiency increased from 54.1% in 2021-22 to 54.5% in 2022-23, Math increased from 35.7% in 2021-22 to 38.3% in 2022-23, and Science increased from 54.4% in 2021-22 to 58.9% in 2022-23. Another notable area of improvement was seen in English Learner Growth and Attainment, increasing from 22.2% in 2021-22 to 29% in 2022-23. Participation and achievement data have been added to the Future Ready PA Index, a comprehensive reporting system for presenting school-level data across a broad range of indicators, such as English language acquisition, career readiness, access to advanced coursework, and regular attendance. The Future Ready PA Index shows continued improvement as well, as four-year cohort graduation rates increased to 87% and career readiness indicators increased to 89.5%.
The department also notes that Act 136 of 2020 waived “banked scores” for middle and high school students who would have taken a Keystone Exam in school year 2019-20, decreasing the count of eligible testers in the cohort of test takers. These test waivers will impact Keystone results reporting through at least 2023-24.
Read the PDE press release here.