State allows schools to push tests like PSSA, Keystone Exams to fall semester

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Education is allowing school districts to delay federally-required standardized tests until the fall.

According to a news release, the department submitted a letter to the U.S. Dept. of Ed. detailing the changes. The decision allows the state to comply with federal law, gives districts flexibility in administering the tests and keeps the focus on helping students as the pandemic continues.

Pennsylvania’s standardized testing includes:

  • English Language Proficiency
  • Keystone Exams
  • Kindergarten Entry Inventory
  • National Assessment of Education Progress
  • PA Accountability System
  • PA Alternate System of Assessment
  • PA System of School Assessment (PSSA)
  • PA Value-Added Assessment System
  • SAT
  • ACT

These tests are used to track student and school performance, are often part of graduation requirements and can determine which schools get more funding.