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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a criterion-referenced test used by this state for grades 3 through 8 and 11 in Reading and Mathematics. Student results are provided in scaled score analyses and reports by proficiency levels. The definition of the proficiency levels follow:

Below Basic

Inadequate academic performance that indicates little understanding and minimal display of the skills included in Pennsylvania's Academic Standards. There is a major need for additional instructional opportunities and/or increased student academic commitment to achieve the Proficient level.

Basic

Marginal academic performance, work approaching, but not yet reaching, satisfactory performance. Performance indicates a partial understanding and limited display of the skills included in Pennsylvania's Academic Standards, and the student may need additional instructional opportunities and/or increased academic commitment to achieve the Proficient level.

Proficient

Satisfactory academic performance indicating a solid understanding and adequate display of the skills included in Pennsylvania's Academic Standards.

Advanced

Superior academic performance indicating an in-depth understanding and exemplary display of the skills included in Pennsylvania's Academic Standards.

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