TrexlerMiddle School

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, Mathematics, and Science (only grades 4 and 8). Pennsylvania adopted more rigorous PA Core Standards in late 2013 and the 2015 PSSA marked 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.
Keystone Exams
The Keystone Exams are standardized Pennsylvania State assessment exams designed to evaluate student proficiency in a variety of subject areas. For the 2018-2019 school year, Keystone Exams are offered in: Algebra I, Literature and Biology.
2018-2019 testing dates and subject areas can be found on our district Assessment Calendar here.