Schools’ Test Results Lag Earlier Levels, But Improve

HARRISBURG PA – Test results from 2021-2022 academic year assessments conducted within school districts across Pennsylvania, released Monday (Nov. 28, 2022) by the state Department of Education, generally indicate student performance still lags behind pre-pandemic levels but is “improving year-over-year,” Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty reported.

The varied results include those of the Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Spring-Ford Area, Boyertown Area, Perkiomen Valley, Upper Perkiomen, Owen J. Roberts, Daniel Boone, and Phoenixville Area districts, as well as of their individual schools. All of them, and the remainder statewide, are listed on a data-laden department website called the Future Ready PA Index, here.

Schools’ Test Results Lag Earlier Levels, But Improve
Click on the graphic above, or here, to open the Future Ready PA Index portal

“We know that assessments show point-in-time data that does not reflect the full scope of learning happening in classrooms across the commonwealth,” Hagarty said. “We expect student performance will continue to improve as students and educators proceed with a more normalized, uninterrupted year of in-person learning.”

The index is described as a “comprehensive reporting system for presenting school-level data across a broad range of indicators, such as English language acquisition, career readiness, access to advanced coursework, and regular attendance.”

It covers Pennsylvania’s statewide assessments:

  • the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment for grades 3 through 8;
  • end-of-course Keystone Exams administered in middle and high school, depending on when students take the corresponding subject; and
  • the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment, which is intended to ensure equitable participation by students who are unable to participate in the general assessments. Assessments must be administered in-person, which has affected assessment participation rates during the past three years.

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