Pennsylvania’s public education system is regulated by Title 22, Chapter 4 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code. Chapter 4 establishes our state’s Academic Standards and Assessment. Academic Standards define what every student should know and be able to do in core curriculum areas. Pennsylvania’s public schools currently have adopted Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Environment and Ecology; History; Civics and Government; Geography; Economics; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health, Safety and Physical Education; Arts and Humanities; Career Education and Work, and World Languages.
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) currently provides student assessment in the areas of English Language Arts (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8), Mathematics (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8), and Science (Grades 4 and 8). Keystone Exams in the areas of Algebra I, Biology, and Literature will be given to all students once they have completed the appropriate course work as an "End of Course" exam in May.
Additional local district assessments are conducted each year. A complete schedule of all assessments is mailed to parents at the beginning of each school year.