Keystone Oaks School District’s 2015 PSSA Scores Now Available
The Pennsylvania Department of Education released the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exam scores on Sept. 29. These results, the first aligned to the new Pennsylvania Core Standards, will serve as the new baseline for future academic performance in the Keystone Oaks School District.
Keystone Oaks students’ scores exceeded average scores from across Pennsylvania in nearly all grades and subject areas. At the elementary level, Keystone Oaks’ students average PSSA exam scores were between 11.5 and 17 percent higher than grade-level averages recorded across the Commonwealth.
“While there is room for improvement in the District’s scores, overall our scores exceed the state averages in many areas,” said Dr. William Stropkaj, Superintendent. “As teachers, staff and administrators learn more about the new PA Core Standards, develop curriculum to meet those standards, and provide engaging, meaningful instruction that meets the needs of every child in every classroom, I am confident that student test scores will far exceed state and national averages.”
Due to the alignment with the new Pennsylvania Core Standards, nearly all districts across Pennsylvania, including Keystone Oaks, will have fewer students in Grade 3 to 8 considered proficient or advanced in math, English language arts and science on the 2015 PSSA exams taken last spring. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the drop in scores is due to the fact that the 2015 PSSA exams were the first to be aligned to the more rigorous PA Core Standards that were adopted in 2013.
For more information on how to interpret student scores, please click here. Parents/guardians with questions regarding the results are encouraged to reach out to their building principal or guidance counselor. A breakdown of Keystone Oaks' test scores by grade level and subject is available below.
With the creation of the position of Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Staff Development, Keystone Oaks’ is now better able to improve curriculum and academic offerings that better prepare our students to be successful.
Click here to see Pennsylvania Department of Education PSSA data from across the state.