PVAAS is not another assessment. PVAAS is a statistical analysis of PSSA assessment data, and provides districts and their schools with progress data to add to achievement data. This new lens of measuring student learning provides educators with valuable information to ensure they are meeting the academic needs of cohorts of students, as well as individual students.
To help you understand PVAAS analysis, think of academic progress in terms of a child's physical growth, and the growth charts utilized by a child's physician. Growth charts are an important tool for monitoring a child's development, but they are just one of the indicators used by the physician to ensure a child is growing at the minimum expected level and on the trajectory to grow as expected. A physician would not use a growth chart in isolation to diagnose a child; however, the growth chart would provide valuable information that may warrant further exploration.
to access the PVAAS web site. Use the District or School Search to find results specific to our schools.
Pennsylvania Keystone ExamsThe Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to take the Keystones throughout their high school careers. To learn more, please download the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams - Information for Parents and Guardians document. (.pdf)