It’s that weird time of year when bits of information begin trickling out about the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, more commonly known as the PSSAs.
The PSSAs are the state standardized tests used to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Schools have to show they are making “adequate yearly progress” or AYP toward having 100 percent of students achieving proficiency on the tests.
Tim Eller, a spokesman for the state education department, confirmed that districts have received preliminary PSSA information. Official results are expected by the end of summer, he said.
Some keep a tight lid on things until the official results are out. Others might share a little.
For example, South Eastern School District Supt. Rona Kaufmann has included in her summer newsletter that the district made AYP in 2012, making 78 of 79 targets districtwide.
Sometimes districts will report some preliminary information during board meetings, too. But don’t expect all of the official results for a few weeks.
Impact of possible cheating investigation: The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story saying that more test security imposed after an investigation into possible cheating has caused scores to drop at some schools around the state.
You might remember that a report flagged some York County schools for testing irregularities in 2009, but the schools were later cleared of wrongdoing.