What does this measure?
The percentage of students considered proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Grade 8 English Language Arts and Math exams and reported for the total student population.
Why is this important?
To gauge the success of developing of math and reading skills in students through the public school system. Math is an important foundation for continuing progress in not only math, but also science and related subjects. Reading proficiency is correlated to whether a student will graduate high school.
How is Erie County doing?
Of Erie County's 8th grade PSSA testing scores among public schools, the Proficient level averaged 22.4% across the schools in Math, whereas Proficient level averaged 43.1% in Reading. Both Math and Reading showed a sharp decrease in Advanced level proficiency and an increase in Basic and Below Basic in 2015 as a result of that year's newly implemented cut score changes made by the PA State Board of Education. On average the Suburban and Rural schools showed higher Proficient and Advanced test scores overall.
About this Data
Data from the PA Department of Education as of 2017.
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