Information for Parents/Guardians onthe Pennsylvania System of School Assessments
& Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System
PSSAs will be administered from March through April. Please check your individual building e-newsletters for specific dates.
There is no special preparation to be done. However, please ensure your child is at school, rested and ready for testing.
It is especially important that your child eats a good breakfast and arrives to school on time.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Getting Ready for PSSAs Webinar
(District, State & Schools)
Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System public reporting site. To view the achievement results of Pine-Richland School District and other Pennsylvania's public districts/schools, visit
What is PVAAS? PVAAS is data that offers an objective and more precise way to measure student progress and the value schools and districts add to students' educational experiences. Pennsylvania is one of only four states providing this information statewide to all school districts. PVAAS is one of the tools in the cadre of tools provided to districts from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Districts and schools are using PVAAS (progress data), in conjunction with achievement data, to make sure all students are on the trajectory to proficiency. Utilizing all the data available (progress and achievement), educators are able to make data-informed instructional decisions to ensure the academic growth and achievement of all students.
Achievement results (PSSA) and growth results (PVAAS) must be used together to get a complete picture of student learning.
Click here for a guide to PVAAS Public Reporting.