Some Pa. schools to get one-year delay in performance scores

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 9, 2015 11:55 AM

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(Harrisburg) --  The Pennsylvania Department of Education will release school-by-school ratings this month without figuring in a big drop-off in student performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. 

In a statement, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera says this year's PSSAs should be used to measure future student performance, but they shouldn't be compared to previous years' performance. 

That's because the most recent PSSAs tested students on new standards based on the Common Core standards and are viewed as more rigorous because they require students to learn some skills at earlier grade levels. 

The PSSAs are administered in grades three through eighth in English language arts and math.  

The federal government approved the one-year delay. 

Most schools that administer Keystone Exams will receive scores. But schools that administered PSSAs this year won't get one.  

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