PSSA, Keystone and AYP Results
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, also known as PSSA, measures how well students have achieved in reading, mathematics, science and writing according to Pennsylvania's world-class academic standards. By using these standards, educators, parents and administrators can evaluate their students' strengths and weaknesses to increase students' achievement scores. According to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students must be 100% proficient in reading and math by 2014.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act also requires states to determine annually whether schools and districts in Pennsylvania make Adequate Yearly Progress, also known as AYP. The 2011-12 targets were 78% proficient or advanced in math and 81% proficient or advanced in reading.