More Pa. students proficient on PSSA exams

Alyssa Jackson
  • This is the first time that there's been growth in the math PSSA since 2011.
  • Individual schools are expected to get their individual student reports in September.

Schools in Pennsylvania are performing better on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Statewide test results were released last week. Individual schools are expected to get their student reports in early September, and the Education Department will publicly release the school information during the last week of September.

Statewide, aggregate results show more students are scoring in the proficient and advanced levels of the state exam than in 2015 in nearly all categories of English language arts and math. According to the Department of Education, this is the first time there has been significant growth in math scores since 2011.

This round of testing was the second year students were held to more rigorous benchmarks on the standardized tests. In 2015, most York County schools performed better than the statewide average on the PSSAs, but statewide, overall scores were lower because of the new standards.

"More Pennsylvania students are scoring proficient or advanced on the PSSA in comparison to the 2015 results, which shows that schools, educators and families are putting supports in place to help students transition to the more rigorous PA Core standards,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said in a release. “However, while these results show promise of improved student performance, we need to renew our commitment to ensuring that every student has access to the tools they need to thrive and graduate college and be career ready.”

York Counts Indicators show that school districts in York County were decreasing in third- and fourth-grade reading scores even before the new, more rigorous testing was implemented. Although area schools performed better than the statewide average, there was a significant drop in local scores in 2015 due to the new core standards.