State Assessment Measures

Access for ELLs 2.0

“ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually … to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.” WIDA (Wisconsin Center for Education Research

The Pennsylvania Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Literature, and Biology. The Keystone Exams serve two purposes: 1) high school accountability assessment for the purpose of meeting federal and state mandates, and 2) high school graduation requirement for student beginning with the Class of 2019. Keystone Exams help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards. The Pennsylvania Department of Education


Keystone Report Interpretation Guides (translated documents are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website)


The Pennsylvania System of State Assessment (PSSA)

The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, and educators with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards. These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 is assessed in English Language Arts and Math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science. PSSA results can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities. The Pennsylvania Department of Education


PSSA Report Interpretation Guides (English, Spanish)