There are many reasons it is important for your child to participate in the PSSAs and Keystone Exams. 

As an individual student, the test results show both academic achievement, as linked to PA educational standards, as well as individual progress and growth. We feel strongly that the individual progress and growth metrics are the key ones for a parent/guardian to review as they demonstrate how your child has increased proficiency since prior testing. 

For Insight PA, the test participation rates and the scores of both the proficiency and growth measures of our students play a large part in the state’s Department of Education’s evaluation of Insight PA’s performance. The more students who participate in these mandated tests and the more our students demonstrate growth towards proficiency, the better the evaluation results will be. Failure to achieve adequate participation rates could lead to the loss of some federal education funding.